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Gingham is a fabric made from dyed cotton yarn.

The name is Malay in origin, coming into the English language via Dutch. When originally imported (in the 17th century), it was a striped fabric, but from the mid 18th century, when it was being produced in the mills of Manchester, it had become woven into checked or plaid patterns (often blue and white).

Gingham is made of carded or combed, medium or fine yarns, where the coloring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain. Gingham has no right or wrong side regarding color.
The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gingham).  5/9/05

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