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Plaid is the U.S. & Canadian English word for Tartan, a pattern consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colours in woven cloth.
Common examples of plaid patterns include:
- Gingham and Border tartan, featuring bands of equal widths in a simple pattern similar to Check (pattern).
- Tattersall (cloth), featuring very wide bands alternating with very narrow bands of contrasting colors.
- Madras (cloth), a lightweight cotton fabric, typically with patterned texture and tartan design, also known as "Madrasi checks".