Houndstooth originated in Scotland during the 1800s. This fabric was worn by shepherds, and when it was created, it was called shepherd's check or dogtooth.
At the time of its creation, houndstooth was worn as an outer garment by the shepherds. It was made by using four bands of dark fabric and four bands of light fabric in an alternating pattern. Eventually, houndstooth fabric was seen as a sign of wealth and affluence and as it began being used by designers such as Christian Dior, houndstooth gained popularity very quickly.
At the time of its invention, houndstooth was made from wool, but now, it is made from a number of other materials. Houndstooth is used in a number of different ways. It can be seen as a covering for furniture and is popular in men's fashion. Hats, caps, and sport coats are popular uses for a houndstooth design and it can most often be seen as the material used to make chef's pants, because the busy pattern helps to hide food stains.
Although many houndstooth patterns come in black and white, houndstooth can also come in earth tones and pastels. The smaller version of a houndstooth pattern is often referred to as puppytooth.