What is Gingham?

Gingham, a lightweight cotton fabric, is recognizable by its checkered pattern consisting of small to medium even-sized checks. The checks are usually woven in two contrasting colors, often white and another color, with a plain or twill weave. Its versatility has made it a popular choice for both clothing and household textiles.

This Southeast Asian fabric has a rich history dating back centuries, with hand-spun cotton and natural dyes being the materials of choice. It found its way to Europe in the 17th century, and England in the 18th century where it became popular. Its name 'gingham' is derived from the Malay word 'genggang,' which translates to 'striped.'

Gingham fabric is versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes. It is often used in the production of casual clothing, such as shirts, dresses, and skirts, as well as aprons, tablecloths, and napkins. The lightweight and breathable nature of gingham fabric make it ideal for warm-weather clothing and summer apparel.

In addition to the classic white and colored check pattern, gingham fabric can also be found in a variety of other colors and patterns, including stripes and plaids. It can also be printed with various designs, making it a popular choice for children's clothing and home décor.