Houndstooth pattern
Weaving a small-scale houndstooth check in a 2:2 twill

Houndstooth, houndstooth check or hound's tooth (and similar spellings), also known as dogstooth, dogtooth or dog's tooth, is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colours are used. The classic houndstooth pattern is an example of a tessellation.

A smaller scale version of the pattern can be referred to as puppytooth.[1][2]


Design and history

Houndstooth checks originated in woven wool cloth of the Scottish Lowlands,[3] but are now used in many other materials. The traditional houndstooth check is made with alternating bands of four dark and four light threads in both warp and weft/filling woven in a simple 2:2 twill, two over - two under the warp, advancing one thread each pass.[4] In an early reference to houndstooth, De Pinna, a New York City based men's and women's high end clothier founded in 1885, included houndstooth checks along with gun club checks and Scotch plaids as part of its 1933 spring men's suits collection.[5]

Examples of use

Houndstooth cloth men's blazer by Lanvin.

The Australian department store David Jones uses a houndstooth pattern as part of its corporate logo. The branding — a black-on-white houndstooth pattern — is one of the most recognised corporate identities in Australia. A government sponsored panel judged it in 2006 as one of Australia's top ten favourite trade marks. The origin of this motif is due to the store founder's intention not to use the name on its packaging; the store would be so well known that everyone should recognise it simply by this motif.[citation needed]

Houndstooth is the pattern on University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's hat. Fans wear the patterned hat and other merchandise with the pattern. However, it is not a part of their official colors. It is also the pattern of an "awareness" ribbon memorializing victims and devastation caused by a tornado that struck the University of Alabama's hometown of Tuscaloosa in April 2011 and depicted (as of Nov. 2011) on the school's football field.

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Dunbar, John Telfer: The Costume of Scotland, London: Batsford, 1984, ISBN 0-7134-2534-2 1984 (paperback 1989, ISBN 0-7134-2535-0)
  4. ^ Online Textiles Dictionary, entry "check", retrieved 16 June 2007
  5. ^ "Gun Club Checks". The New Yorker (New Yorker Magazine, Inc.) 9: 28. 1933. OCLC 1760231. http://www.google.com/search?q=+De+Pinna+invites+attention+to+men%27s+suits+for+spring+in+a+most+interesting+range+of+Gun+Club+Checks%2C+Scotch+Plaids%2C+and+Houndstooth+&btnG=Search+Books&tbm=bks&tbo=1. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 

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  • houndstooth — also hound s tooth, as a design pattern, 1936, so called for resemblance …   Etymology dictionary

  • houndstooth — also hound s tooth noun Date: 1936 a usually small broken check textile pattern; also a fabric woven in this pattern called also houndstooth check, hound s tooth check …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • houndstooth — noun A fabric pattern of broken checks Syn: dogstooth …   Wiktionary

  • houndstooth — fabric with an irregular checked pattern Fabric and Cloth …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • houndstooth — n. large jagged checks used on fabrics; design woven into a fabric that resembles a star pattern …   English contemporary dictionary

  • houndstooth — noun a large dog tooth pattern …   English new terms dictionary

  • houndstooth — /ˈhaʊndztuθ/ (say howndztoohth) adjective 1. printed, decorated, or woven with a pattern of broken checks. –noun 2. a pattern of contrasting jagged checks. Also, hound s tooth. {hound1 + s1 + tooth} …   Australian English dictionary

  • houndstooth — …   Useful english dictionary

  • houndstooth check — [houndz′to͞oth΄] n. a pattern of broken checks, used in woven material for jackets, shirts, etc.: also hound s tooth check * * * …   Universalium

  • houndstooth check — [houndz′to͞oth΄] n. a pattern of broken checks, used in woven material for jackets, shirts, etc.: also hound s tooth check …   English World dictionary

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