All about gingham

All about gingham

The origin of gingham lies in south east Asia, originally a striped fabric from the Malay word “genngang”.  It was bought to Europe by traders in the 18th century when the fabric changed to the checked pattern we now call gingham.  With the rise of industrialisation and growth of factory mass production both in Europe and the USA, along with development of new dyes leading to a greater colour range, the popularity of gingham grew.  It was and still is an affordable, durable and versatile fabric.  It could be used for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as household items – kitchen linens, curtains, cushions.

During the mid 20th century, it became immortalised in popular culture when Judy Garland wore a blue and white gingham pinafore in the film The Wizard of Oz.

Brigitte Bardot even wore a pink and white gingham wedding dress.

Also it was a key fabric in the “make do and mend” tradition and it’s once again very popular in interiors due to it’s versatility, evoking a simpler time and rural charm.
It’s checked pattern can add the charm of a country farmhouse, sprinkled with a touch of nostalgia, and evoke the “cottagecore” interior look that’s so popular, even if you live in the city.  Gingham also mixes well with other fabric designs such as florals and stripes, bringing a graphic element.
My lampshades are made in traditional colourways of gingham whilst the box pleat shape gives them a modern feel and allows them to feel at home in lots of different rooms and interiors. They are lightly sprayed with starch which allows the pleats to hold their crisp shape, giving them an up to date appearance.


There's lots of gingham on the high street at the moment.  Dunelm have got lots on offer - these large check frilly cushions are my favourite and classic green bedding set - this would match really well with my lampshade


Marks and Spencer have a large check tablecloth, whilst La Redoute have this cute purple napkins with a green trim and Tesco's have this large check cushion.


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