Saturday, March 1, 2008

We Love Polka Dots!

History of Polka Dots....

Though ancient, the world definitely went "dotty" back in the 50's and 60's for polka dots. It is believed that they came from the Polish polka dance. There were polka hats, jackets, and even gauze at the time of the dance craze. They were a big hit and a common pattern on clothing in mid to late 19th century at the same time polka music and dance were invented. Dots and the dance became all the rage and, consequently, we have the name, Polka, coming from the Polish word "pulka", meaning half step, as in the dance. Perhaps the delightful dance that takes one around in circles was its inspiration, but no matter, the dots have made an indelible smash on all kinds of fashion and ware.

Defined as a pattern consisting of dots of any arrangement or design, they came on clothes, dinnerware, accessories, curtains, toys, pop art, and just about anything in the 50's and 60's.

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