Houndstooth guide part 2

Houndstooth guide

Houndstooth guide part 2

Houndstooth terminology, houndstooths, number 1:

Similar terms include dogtooth or dogstooth, primarily in British usage. In French, you will see the phrases Pied De Poule which means hen’s foot or Pied De Coq which means Rooster’s foot for slightly larger patterns. If we are talking about a particularly small houndstooth pattern, again in English usage, you may also see the term puppytooth.

Houndstooth terminology, houndstooths, number 2:

Houndstooth is available in many different color combinations and it is a classic pattern but it might not necessarily be everybody’s cup of tea. It can be a bit of a busy pattern and for that reason, you do have to be somewhat careful when combining it with other garments especially in different colors, patterns, or textures.

Houndstooth terminology, houndstooths, number 3:

As houndstooth was traditionally a pattern for tweed fabrics, here is a brief refresher on tweed. Tweed was originally a solely hand-woven fabric. The threads were rough and felted and the colors were muted and earthy, usually in browns or greens, for example. Tweed, in particular, was the gentleman’s sporting fabric of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Phrased another way, it was sort of the performance fabric of this time, almost akin to something like Under Armour now.

Houndstooth terminology, houndstooths, number 4:

The English gentry of this time period quickly adopted tweed as the go-to outdoor fabric for their country estates. Also, because it was a fairly effective form of camouflage against the rolling hills of Scotland and England, it was used for all different kinds of outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. Also, early golfers, for example, people like Old Tom Morris, wore all kinds of houndstooth and other tweeds when they were on the course. Of course, tweed fabric is very rarely used for sporting events these days except for a few specific events like for example, the tweed run.

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