Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage & Other Graphic Patterns By Jude Stewart

From camouflage to keffiyeh, plaid to paisley, Patternalia features the history of the patterns that have become part of everyday life.

Polka dots were symbols of supernatural potency and moral uncleanliness before they become fashionable and iconic red and white stripes on barbershop poles referenced bloodied bandages barbers used when their jobs consisted of haircutting, bloodletting, and tooth extraction.


An interesting history of everyday pattern, that takes goes up to modern day –  one for designers and art historians.