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The original district check—shepherd’s check, or shepherd’s plaid—is white and one dyed color (usually black) in a simple uniform check pattern. The pattern is traditionally small (about 1/4” per color), and of wool in a right hand twill weave. The pattern may now be woven of any fiber, but still is often of wool or a wool blend.

Uses: Originally a cloak or plaid worn by Scottish shepherds; now coats, jackets, slacks, skirts, suits

See also:
District checks
Houndstooth check