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The History of the Plaid Scarf
Jan 12/17

The History of the Plaid Scarf Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

Temps are dropping across the south making it an appropriate time of the year to turn our attention to that winter staple, the oversized blanket scarf. By far the most popular type of blanket scarf is the plaid scarf, so as we begin to preview the Winter 2017 styles that set us about to research the history of the plaid scarf, more specifically the plaid pattern. Since we love authenticity, vintage, and history, the story we uncovered was fascinating to us and we are pleased to share with you.

 

It seems that the original pattern designs were used to distinguish one Scottish clan from the other, thus the actual word “plaid” was used to describe a blanket garment worn as outerwear by Scottish Highlanders. During the Scottish rebellion, Great Britain outlawed the wearing of the outer garments in an attempt to keep the Scottish clans from unifying against the British monarchy.

 

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The History of the Plaid Scarf

 

The plaid pattern become Americanized in the 1850’s when the Woolrich Woolen Mills produced the classic red and black buffalo check pattern in a plaid scarf. Legend has it the original red and black check pattern designer actually owned a herd of buffalo, thus the name “buffalo check” pattern was born. Originally, plaid patterns represented nobility and aristocracy, but over time mainstream culture adopted plaid, first as part of the stylish component of the hippy movement, and later as the staple of the east coast preppy movement.

 

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The History of the Plaid Scarf

 

 

So there you have it, the plaid pattern that is most commonly seen as ever evolving plaid scarf patterns is both a stylish statement, yet deeply rooted in cultural heritage.

 

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