The Rite Stuff Wabash scarf is made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co with a 5.7 oz Wabash fabric, the kind made famous by J.L. Stifel & Sons, originating in West Virgina around 1835. They were the most famous of all the dyers/printers of Wabash fabrics in their time. The dotted line fabric was recognized as railroad workwear since they wore the hickory stripes and dotted fabrics. Each fabric is unique and easily identifiable from the others.
Legend has it that Stifel, an immigrant to the US from Germany, walked in search of work to Wheeling (West Virginia) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, barefoot to preserve his shoes. Being trained in Germany in calico printmaking, he eventually got hold of a bolt of fabric in Wheeling, dyed it with indigo and then sold it, using the money gained to make more. In time, he'd make discharge prints, including the famed dot stripe, or "Wabash" pattern and other styles like myriad diamonds, floral and calico.