This is a time of year when the days are filled with snow and brightly colored flannel. Flannel Day is a day where you can get all cozy, wear all of your flannel patterned attire, and wrap yourself in flannel patterned bedding or blankets. So pull out all of your flannel shirts and pants, flannel pajamas, and flannel blankets and have a flannel party at home!
History of Flannel
In 16th century-Wales, smooth worsted yarn was a sturdier and warmer alternative to wool, thus the material of flannel was born. The french called the material ‘flannelle’, the Germans called it ‘flanell’. Flannel actually dates back to Celtic Tartans in the 6th and 8th century.
Meanwhile in 1939, Red Flannel Day marked its first year in Cedar Springs, Michigan after the town became famous for its "drop-seaters"—flannel garments with a buttoned flap over the backside. It is a day still celebrated today.
Flannel first came to the United States in 1869. Early in the 20th century, the fabric was geared toward people who worked in blue-collar jobs and became more common during the Great Depression. In 1950, the folklore about Paul Bunyan who wore an iconic red tartan flannel shirt became an American staple for clothing. Furthermore, in 1978, Governor, and later U.S. Senator, Lamar Alexander walked 1,000 miles across the state wearing his signature red and black flannel shirt relating to the avid outdoorsmen in the U.S. Meanwhile, throughout the 70’s, flannel made an entrance into the sport world.
Fun Flannel Fact: The word flannel refers to the actual fabric verses the pattern.