A History of Plaid — And How You Can Create Your Own (Smithsonian/PlaidMaker)


The popularity of plaid has everyone interested in the colors and designs of these ubiquitous patterns. In fact, plaid stretches back to the 18th century, and its name isn’t actually the pattern’s proper name.

According to Danny Lewis from Smithsonian Magazine, “That honor goes to the word ‘tartan,’ which was first used to describe the individual colors and patterns used to decorate the clothes of different Scottish clans.” Read the article here, and once you do, check out PlaidMaker, a website that lets you design your own plaid pattern, free of charge.

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