Tuesday, April 11

Why In Design Column: The History of and Love For Gingham

Why In Design column:
Let's talk Gingham!  
According to Wikipedia, Gingham is...
"a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn.[1] It is made of carded, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft). Gingham has no right or wrong side with respect to color." -Wikipedia

Fun Facts About Gingham:
It was first created as a stripe pattern, but now Gingham is known for its recognizable small plaid patterning.  Like its close cousin, Muslin, Gingham's original use was primarily as a "test" fabric to make samples because it was inexpensive to produce.   It is believed to have been named after the town, Guingamp in Brittany, France where it was first made. It has been a popular pattern in fashion for centuries, and many still associate it with Dorothy's blue dress in the Wizard of Oz
The fashion and home world has a continuing fascination with Gingham, and we are not in Kansas anymore! 
Gingham is high-styling on the runway for 2017...
 Carolina Herrera Ready To Wear 
Spring/Summer 2017
showcased Gingham in a sophisticated black and white
fashion photos via Vogue.com
House of Holland 
Spring/Summer 2017
brought a sense of whimsy 
with flouncy designs and lots of Gingham


And, not surprisingly we see Gingham in the home.  
Check out these fresh, new designs... 

picnic anyone?  Mark and Graham dessert plates
photo via Bhg.com

bedding from Serena & Lily
Tobi Fairley's interior design via Traditional Home 
shows these smart upholstered dining chairs.
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara