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Mad for Plaid: The Intricacies of Plaid Throughout History


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Plaid is one of the most widely varied patterns in the world. And, one of the oldest. Let’s take a closer look at this intricate pattern.

In the world of textiles, the simplest cloth uses a single color of thread in both the warp and the weft of a loom. A more complex textile introduces a second color to either the warp or the weft, creating a colored stripe. Gaining in complexity is a textile where the warp introduces a colored stripe, and the weft introduces another colored stripe.

This alternating, overlapping pattern is what we call …

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