May
26
2010
2

Is Harris Tweed still made the traditional way?

harris tweed swatchesThe new Dr. Who, Matt Smith, wears a distinctive jacket made of genuine Harris Tweed. The press has called it “timeless”, “traditional”, “vintage” and even “romantic”. The Doctor’s jacket is made from cloth woven in the 1960s, the same age as the TV programme itself.  The fabric looks much like Harris Tweed woven today, and [more...]

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Mar
05
2009
1

Did old-fashioned gingham always have checks?

Gingham checks  (photo by PinkMoose - CC-BY)Gingham and checks belong together nowadays. It’s hard for us to imagine striped gingham, but it wasn’t always so. Striped gingham used to be popular, and it was only in the 20th century that we started to assume gingham must be checked. Gingham actually means cloth made of cotton that’s been dyed before weaving, not [more...]

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