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Why is it called a polka dot?

The Origin of the Polka Dot
Polka dots on fabric originated in Germany in the mid-19th century during the period when polka music and dancing rose in popularity. It is believed that the name was derived from either “polka,” the Polish word for woman, or “pulka,” the Czech word for half-step.

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Simply so, what makes a dot a polka dot?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “polka dot” as “Any of a number of round dots of uniform size repeated so as to form a regular pattern, usually on fabric.” The term itself first appeared in the mid-1800s (“Scarf of muslin, for light summer wear …

Also, are polka dots feminine? The word “polka” itself derives from the Polish for “Polish woman” — in Czech, it translates to “little woman or girl.” Polka dots are inherently diminutive, automatically feminine. Of course, there aren't just dotty women.

Furthermore, what's the difference between dots and polka dots?

Actually, they're probably popular throughout the world, except in countries that forbid pretty and cute clothing. So, polka dots are a pattern, as seen here on this cute boot, and a dot is just one of those small circles within the pattern.

When did polka dots come into fashion?

1920s Polka Dots 1927 Polka Dot Dress Fabrics in Silk- for semi formal dresses. In the early 1920's polka dots captured the youth driven look fashion was founded on. They were especially popular as house dresses and even garden dresses if the dots were small and set against a white background (1922 picture above.)

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