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This fabric pattern appears in the examples section of the hanky code article, but appears to be unsourced. Should a note be included in this page about the connotation of the pattern? Nitrousinacan (talk) 08:16, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

I would say no, not unless a reliable source can be found. You would not believe the sorts of things that have popped up in this article; unsourced claims regarding oppressed sex workers wearing houndstooth and something somehow regarding anuses have been anonymously edited into the article at various times. —Scott5114 [EXACT CHANGE ONLY] 10:34, 29 December 2009 (UTC)


The pattern made a frequently uninteresting appearance on fabrics designed in the 1930s through to the 1970s.

Can't this observation be developed a bit? I'm reluctant to delete it, because it looks to me like it may refer to something that is worth recording in the history of houndstooth. But unfortunately whoever wrote it must have assumed it was a commonplace wisdom that didn't need expanding on. R Lowry (talk)

Probably just says that houndstooth appeared so much it became bland. In any case "uninteresting" is an opinion, not a fact, and should probably be nixed due to WP:NPOV. —Scott5114 [EXACT CHANGE ONLY] 08:01, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't know to much about fabrics but this short article helped me a lot understanding about the fabric of the item I am about to sell. THANK YOU! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:47, 21 August 2009 (UTC)


Isn't a hound's tooth fabric usually black-and-white? If so, the article should mention this! Thanks. Maikel (talk) 19:07, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

I've just done an image search, and most but not all hits were black-and-white. It seems as if black-and-white is the most traditional colouring. Maikel (talk) 19:14, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
I've edited the article accordingly. Maikel (talk) 21:35, 1 January 2009 (UTC)


According to the article, Houndstooth checks originated in woven wool cloth of the Scottish Lowlands. It is quite possible that people in the Scottish Lowlands did invent it, but the pattern is so mathematically simple it may very well have been invented indepentently by others in the pre-fashion-blog days. According to the Swedish National Historical Museum, the pattern appears on the oldest piece of (reasonably instact) clothing found in Sweden, a 2000 year old cloak found in 1920 near Falköping.

Does the cited book only state that the pattern was invented in Scotland, or that it was invented in Scotland and then spread throughout the world? - Tournesol (talk) 07:56, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

file:Gerumsmanteln kopia.jpg The image shows a copy of the Gerum cloak found in Sweden. The houndstooth pattern is clearly visible in the copy, not sure how the real one looks in close up, or if the colors are correct in the copy. Maybe something for the article? C.Nilsson (talk) 20:28, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
More info about the color, and the weaving (in Swedish) from National Historical Museum. C.Nilsson (talk) 20:35, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

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I'm not sure that image is strictly Houndstooth anyhow. It's similar, but if you look up close it doesn't have that checker-like pattern. It's more like alternating stripes of all white with stripes of black-and-white. Lurlock (talk) 16:14, 24 July 2013 (UTC)