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More than just a shirt, it's your companion in adventure.

The trusty flannel shirt originated from the chilly, damp conditions of the Welsh countryside and was the go to for sheepherders.

The Humble History of the Flannel

The Humble History of the Flannel Shirt | Benny's Boardroom

Since then, the flannel has become a staple adopted by musical legends like Nirvana & Pearl Jam as one hallmark of the classic grunge look.

 

What is a Flannel Shirt

Originally made from worsted yarn or high quality wool, flannel is a soft, woven fabric, of various fineness.

A common misnomer, the term "flannel shirt" is often used casually to mean any shirt with a plaid or tartan pattern. In fact, the association between flannel and plaid has led to the incorrect use of flannel as a synonym for plaid.

 

Dave Rastovich Wears a Patagonia Flannel - Image Credit - Patagonia | Benny's Boardroom BLOG

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The origin of the word is uncertain, but a Welsh origin has been suggested as fabric similar to flannel can be traced back to Wales, where it was well known as early as the 16th century.

The French term flanelle was used in the late 17th century, and the German Flanell was used in the early 18th century.

 

Conclusion

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