Detail photo - blue & White houndstooth pattern in cotton Fabric


Grayscale diagram illustrating yarn pattern Houndstooth fabric
Detail photo - blue & White houndstooth pattern in cotton Fabric

Denotes a family of patterns, of which, it, itself belongs to the larger twill family. Contemporary history traces it back to a woven tweed from the Scotish lowlands, but there is evidence that its history goes as far back as 100 BC. Houndstooth, also known as ‘Shepherd’s check’ is a traditional duotone pattern that gets its name because particular importance on precise color placement within the weave structure creates a dramatic broken check or abstract four-pointed shape that resembles a dog’s tooth. Made with alternating bands of four dark and four light threads in both warp and weft / filling woven in a simple 2:2 twill, two over/two under the warp - advancing one thread each pass. The way the dark and light yarns interact with the twill creates the ‘tooth’. This figure created by the weave is called a tessellation (tiling) and is then repeated out, with no overlaps, to form a larger collection of patterns Sometimes known by the French name “Pied de poule”, which means “foot of hen”. A more decorative weave than others, whose weaves are based on function. A handsome and masculine pattern that is often taken as a symbol of high-quality fashion.
  • Weave - Twill > Houndstooth
  • Composition - 100% Cotton
  • Origin (weave) - Italy
  • Origin (print/dye) - Italy
  • Pre-Shrunk - Yes
  • Additional Shrinkage - Very Low (1%)
  • Wrinkle Resistance - Low/Medium
  • Care - Standard Launder / See: Garment Care
  • Colorfast Level - Very Strong