This article is within the scope of WikiProject Textile Arts, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of textile arts on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
It would be nice to describe where the origin of this name comes from. Why 'zig', why 'zag'? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:09, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
The statement that 'zigzag' was printed "in French books in the late 19th century," does not explain "the origin of the word." Thus, the statement: "the origin of the word is -clear-" is unsupported, and appears to be vandalism of the text. Previously, the text read "unclear" and "18th century." According to oxforddictionaries.com the origin is "early 18th century: from French, from German Zickzack, symbolic of alternation of direction, first applied to fortifications." Shedsan (talk) 06:11, 12 February 2014 (UTC)