Flannel is a
fabric that is commonly
used to make clothing and bedsheets.
It is usually made from either
wool, wool and
cotton, or wool and synthetic
fabric. The term "flannel" is also often used
to refer directly to the clothing created from the fabric.
Clothing made from it is usually worn in cold weather climates
due to the warmness that the fabric is known for.
much of its history, flannel was commonly thought to be
the fabric of woodsmen, lumberjacks, and farmers. However,
due to the fact that many people in the Pacific Northwest
United States (especially
in Seattle, Washington) have had a tendency to wear it,
flannel has become associated with grunge music. This idea
was even further popularized by the fact that many grunge
musicians (such as members of Nirvana) often wore clothing
made from it. For a short time in the early 1990s flannel
was thought by some to be a
fashion statement (or in
some cases an anti-fashion statement).