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Shepherds check, also known as Shepherds plaid, is a pattern consisting of alternating black and white checks in quarter-inch repeats. Shepherds check originated from the Scottish Border District in the seventeenth century when it was woven into plaid clothing by shepherds in the lowlands. In 1851 at the Great Exhibition, the pattern created a commotion on the sartorial fashion scene and was subsequently embraced by manufacturers of men’s trousers.