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A Fact from our Shirt Lab: From GengGeng to Gingham

Date Posted: 04 February

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Gingham shirts are a proven stalwart of any shirt aficionado’s repertoire and many of our shirt hunters have been asking for them recently.

Gingham is a plain woven fabric that is typically made from either dyed cotton or a cotton-blend yarn. The term actually hails from the Malaysian word ‘genggeng’ (meaning striped) and is believed to refer to a striped fabric that was first imported into Europe in the 17th century. By the mid-18th century, the fabric had begun to be produced in the mills of Manchester into a woven checked pattern that was often blue and white. Although striped gingham was available in the Victorian era, it has now become synonymous with the checked pattern we now know today.

Thomas Pink has a range of classic formal gingham shirts in both blue and pink that have long proved popular. This year, to celebrate the collaboration between Thomas Pink and The British and Irish Lions, we have commissioned a limited Lions Gingham casual shirt that promise to be sought after by rugby fans and shirt enthusiasts alike. See here for more details.

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