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Tartans. Click on the names above to see examples and a list
of all available styles.
tartan is a unique and specific pattern of interlocking repetitive
stripes of varying widths and colors, running in both the warp (horizontal)
and weft (vertical) of the weave of a length of cloth. A truly modern
definition includes any representation of such a woven design in
other media including printed, painted, or otherwise rendered. Each
distinct tartan has its own distinct sett, i.e., a pattern of blocks
and lines made up of colored thread repeated both vertically and
horizontally at right angles with a solid background color. The
material, usually wool, itself is the plaid. In the US, the terms
tartan and plaid are used interchangeably but they are different.
"Plaide" is the Gaelic word for blanket and is the precursor to
the modern kilt.
people think of the kilt, the plaid and the tartan synonymous with
representing Scottish clans. Some may even realize that other celtic
peoples (Irish, Welsh, Manx, French Bretons, and Spanish Galicians)
have adopted or conceived their own tartans in recent times. However,
our celtic forefathers prior to the mid-1700s, wore whatever hand-woven
locally dyed and designed tartan available to them, often more than
one type at a time. Some colors, color combinations, and pattern
designs may have become associated with an area in the Highlands
of Scotland but it was not until the end of the 18th century that
these patterns were given true clan affiliation.
Walter Scot and King George IV along with the weaving company of
William Wilson and Sons of Bannockburn are responsible for our modern
take on all things tartan. After the Jacobean uprising of the Highlanders
against the Brits ended at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the Act
of Proscription forbid the Highlanders from wearing the plaid in
an attempt to put down their revolutionary tenacity. The only Highlanders
permitted to wear the tartan were the Highland Regiments in service
to the British throne. Wilson and Sons were their only source of
tartan. They numbered these patterns originally but eventually gave
them names including clan names, place names, etc. The names were
not symbolic but simply an identification method. The act being
repealed in 1782 combined with Sir Walter Scott's writings in the
early 1800s was responsible for a resurgence in Highlander and Scottish
romanticism and interest in Scot heritage from the peoples of the
Scottish Diaspora. The final solidifying factor for our modern view
of tartan, was King George IVs visit to Edinburgh in 1822. The chiefs
of all the clans were "invited" to welcome the king in their "proper
clan tartan" after a group called the Highland Society of London
had attempted to gather all the clan tartans by asking the clans
to submit samples to them. Many clans had no official tartan and
thus sought insight via their elders as well as the tartan weavers.
Many "official" tartan were created for this special occasion.
you see when you ask what your proper tartan is, the answer is varied.
In modern times, tartans are affiliated with many things - clans/family,
cities/towns, districts, countries/nationalities, businesses, individuals,
military units, football, dancing, and whiskey-drinking clubs, and
even events. It is the approval of the leader of the representative
figure that makes a tartan an official tartan. You take on the affiliation
and meaning of the tartan when you use a tartan. You are saying,
I identify with and honor this clan, district, nationality, etc.
You can pick whatever aspect of your heritage that you like in tartan
form or even simply pick one that you find esthetically pleasing.
Their are no hard and fast rules. Pick what is significant for you.
to ancient, modern, hunting, walking, dress, etc., pick the one
you like. Modern tartans are dyed with a modern process that ensure
the color-fastness of the dye in the wool. Ancient tartan would
be what we would call the "stonewashed jeans" version of tartan.
Frequently washed plant-based dyed tartan would result in these
lighter colors as there were no color fastness to the dye. They
have the same warp and weft just a different hue of the color. Dress
tartan has a white base, i.e., one of the colors is replaced by
a white base. Walking and hunting are variations with muted or greenish
colors included. There are fanciful notions that walking tartans
should blend with the wheat and the wildflowers of the Highlands
while the hunting should blend with the forests and achieve a "camouflage"
to using heraldry with your tartan, the only heraldic device that
any person of Scottish heritage (or allegiance) may utilize is
the clansman's crest badge, commonly known as a clan badge. It
consists of the Clan Chief’s crest encircled with a belt and buckle
bearing the Chief’s motto or slogan. It signifies that you follow
the person whom the crest represents. The crest itself belongs
to the Clan Chief, and as such may not be used by anyone else
without the encircling belt. In the U.S., it is simply considered
rude to use the Chief's crest as your own but in Scotland it is
illegal. The clan badge, however, is available to anyone who wishes
to show their alliance with a clan and its Chief.
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