What is gingham?
Textile historians tend to disagree on the origins of the term ‘gingham’. The most popular theory is that it is an Indonesian term - "Ging-gang" means striped in Bahasa, a fact that may surprise those who know classic gingham as a checked fabric. When it was first introduced to the mills of Britain, back in the seventeenth century, gingham was very much a design of stripes - it was only later that it evolved into the distinctive checks that we recognise today. Gingham may have been born in the Far East, but it grew up in Britain. Its importance was huge in the Lancashire cotton mills during the Industrial Revolution, and during the period when we shipped tons of materials to the American colonies.