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Plaid clothing has been worn for a very long time. The Scots were known for their plaid clothing. The tartan is a plaid woolen fabric, from which the Scottish kilt is made. The tartan was very popular and clans were formed based on a type of plaid. The pattern of a tartan is made by weaving colored threads with alternating stripes, both in the warp and in the weft. Where the stripes overlay the color will be brighter. Tartan fabric is of very high quality and is until this day still used for Scottish kilts.

The Maasai Shuka

Maasai Shuka is a cloth, often red with black stripes worn by the Maasai people in East Africa. The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people from East Africa who are known for their unique way of life, as well as their cultural traditions and customs.

The Maasai population lives in the dry area along the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania and Kenya which currently has around 1.5 million inhabitants, the majority of whom live in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. They are known as formidable, strong warriors who get their food from the wild savannah and live closely with wild animals.

The Maasai identity is often determined by colorful beaded chains, an iron bar (as a weapon) and of course red shuka fabric. Although red is the most common color, the Maasai also use blue, striped and checkered cloth to wrap their body. It is known to be durable and protects the Maasai against the harsh weather and the terrain of the savannah.

The Cholo flannel

Nowadays the Cholo stereotype is masculine, depicted as wearing loose-fitting khaki trousers or shorts, with white knee socks, folded jeans, white tank top shirts and button-down shirts, often plaid and flannel, often with only the top button buttoned. Cholos in the 1990s and 2000s often have their hair buzzing short, although some still have the more traditional smooth hair, sometimes held in place by a hairnet or bandana.

Some cholos, especially older cholos (veterans) or cholos who want to take on a more traditional look, wear formal clothing inspired by the foolish suit, including shirts with suspenders and fedora hats, but can still have cholo elements such as a bandana. In South Texas, cholos are sometimes called chucs or chukes. This term is short for pachucos. Tejano cholos usually make a lot of use of starch on their pants, but that also applies to traditional Tejanos.

Plaid clothing is nowadays hip and daring to wear. The Editors' Pick has responded well to this. Check the images of this week's Editors' Pick below.

For this fit, the Half Zip American Script Sweat by Carhartt WIP has been chosen with the Longsleeve Linville Shirt by Carhartt WIP underneath. The bottom is finished with the checkered Bryan Pant by Stussy and the Bold Ni Plaid shoes by Vans.

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