National Flannel Day is on February 10, and we’re here to help you celebrate the day in the best way possible. Did you know that it has been more than 400 years since flannel was first created? National Flannel Day is a day dedicated to one of the most popular pieces of fabric, flannels. Many people fancy flannel clothes and they come in different shapes, sizes, and styles.
History of National Flannel Day
There are many stories surrounding flannel’s first appearance in society. Some suggest that the early origins of flannel can be traced back to Wales during the 16th century. During those times, the fabric was called Welsh cotton, which was strange as the material was not made from cotton but rather, from coarse woolen fabric.
It is said that during the 17th century, the term ‘Flanelle’ started being used in France. By the 19th century, towns in Wales like Hay on Wye and Llanidloes became the epicenter of flannel production. The Drapers Company of Shrewsbury undertook the job of marketing these Welsh woolens. It is said that soldiers in the Civil War may have used flannels as undershirts. Mixtures of silk and cotton in flannels became popular by the 20th century. Flannel trousers became extremely prominent, especially in games like cricket.
Flannel was seen as a symbol of ruggedness as it was mostly worn by blue-collar workers. It was also used in both World War I and World War II as undershirts and also as the lining of jackets. In the 1900s, flannels made a comeback but in a different form. It was popular amongst singers and rappers who wore cheaper flannels more ruggedly. Though the exact origins of National Flannel Day are not known, it has been celebrated worldwide, especially in the U.S. as this fabric has been a favorite amongst people of all age groups and ethnicities.
National Flannel Day timeline
Flannel is first seen in Wales.
Soldiers in World War I wear flannel as an undershirt.
Flannel comes back in a different form of fashion.
National Flannel Day is created to give recognition to this popular fabric.
National Flannel Day FAQs
How is flannel made?
Flannel production has four stages. They are base material production, yarn spinning, fabric weaving, and final treatments.
Can I use flannels for making quilts?
Yes. Flannels are sometimes used to make quilts. Always remember to wash and dry your flannels, and also to replace your needle while quilting.
What does it mean when someone is called Flannel Mouth?
In the old West, a Flannel Mouth was used to describe a salesman or politician who was a fast and smooth talker.
National Flannel Day Activities
What better way to celebrate National Flannel Day than to wear flannel? Put on your best flannel shirt or trousers and step out. If you don't have good flannels, buy one!
Share it on social media
Let the world know you're celebrating this day. Take a few good photos of your family and yourself wearing flannels and share them on your social media page.
Learn more about flannels
Use this day to dive deeper into the history of flannels and how they influenced the fashion statements of the early 1900s and also the late 90s. As you dig deeper you will discover fascinating stories and facts you never knew.
5 Facts About Flannels That Will Blow Your Mind
It is not made from wool alone
Flannel can be made from cotton and synthetic fiber as well.
It is made for babies as well
Baby flannel is used to tailor garments for tiny tots.
It can be a hybrid
A combination of wool and cotton can be used to make flannels, which are called Ceylon flannels.
It can be made from Scots pine
Vegetable Flannels are made from Scots pine.
It is also an expression
"Don't give me that flannel" is a common expression in Britain, which means "Don't give me those lies and excuses."
Why We Love National Flannel Day
This day gives recognition to this wonderful fabric
Flannel is widely used by people of all ages, yet, we feel like it does not get the recognition it deserves. National Flannel Day allows us to show some love to flannels.
It allows us to learn more
This day provides us with an excellent opportunity to learn more about flannel and its history. It is a great day to read and expand our knowledge of flannels and the textile industry in general.
It is an opportunity to upgrade your flannel collection
This day gives us a chance to buy our favorite flannel shirts and trousers. It provides us an opportunity to add new flannels to the wardrobe.
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