Tartans are an interesting topic. They are most well known for being worn by Scottish people, but tartans have been around since the 16th century and were originally used as a way to identify clans of Scottish families.  Today tartan is worn all over the world and is often paired with kilts because it was once traditional clothing in Scotland.  If you’re looking for a new hobby that will help you feel more connected to your heritage, then this article might be perfect for you!

The tartan, also known as a plaid in Scotland and the United States, was originally a length of woolen fabric, usually striped or tartan in pattern.  It was worn as an outer garment either as a cloak draped over the shoulders with one corner thrown loose over the left shoulder to form a sort of short cape, known as “the plaid”, or simply wrapped about the body like any other blanket shawl and secured with a belt.

It is basically any pattern of lines in which the width and spacing are different for each line, often to create a checkered effect.  A plaid can also be described as an enlarged square or rectangle that has been divided by one set of parallel lines into two sections, with either one or two lines running parallel to the dividing line.

Tartan is a pattern of crisscrossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. It’s tartans that give Scottish kilts their distinctive appearance, which can be worn draped over one shoulder as men do or wrapped around the waist by women for extra warmth.  Tartans are associated with Scotland and Highland dress.  They’re found on a variety of clothing items, from skirts to shoes, blouses to ties. They’re also worn all over the world for reasons both personal and political.

The name tartan is derived from a French word meaning “checkerboard” or “diagonal square.” Tartans date back to at least 18th century Scotland, and are woven by hand in a technique called tartanry.

Tartans make for great Scottish gifts, especially when you want to show someone from Scotland that you’re thinking about them.

It is said that the use of tartan comes from a time when armies wore them, and this is sometimes used as an argument that they should be banned.  Tartans were originally worn by Scottish nobility to identify their clan affiliation, which was perpetuated in modern times by tartans being used for family crests.

There are around 500 different types of tartan in existence, each of them with a unique meaning and significance.

Tartans are one of the few cultural symbols that have been shared globally as an affirmation of Scottish identity – even if someone is not from Scotland themselves!

Several variations of tartan are worn in different regions of the world, including poncho-style blanket kilts from South America and sarong-style kilt wraps from Asia.

The modern word “tartan” is derived from the Gaelic tarsainn (meaning roughly “weaver”), and it’s easy to see European influences in Scotland’s most famous textile–shawls woven with woolen threads were popular well before the 15th century.

Tartans are typically made with two sets of colors: a dominant or primary tartan usually includes the color red, and one called the secondary tartan that provides contrast to it. They can also be more complex in design, such as having multiple patterns on top of each other, which is why they’re often described as “plaid.” Tartans can also be made of more than one type of fabric.

Patterns of red and white–the colors of the saltire (or X-shaped cross) on Scotland’s flag–are traditionally considered lucky.

Patterns of red and black are traditionally considered unlucky, but they do make for a striking pattern; some people wear tartan to commemorate their ancestors who were exiled from Scotland in the 17th century.

Tartans also act as symbols in different cultures–the colors might represent wealth or status, or be associated with religious or military orders.

If you’re feeling patriotic, tartan kilts are always a good choice.

Today, tartans are also worn as a fashion statement, and tartan skirts or dresses can be the perfect choice for your next special occasion.

Tartans are a fascinating part of Scotland’s history. They represent what is most important to the Scotsman, their family, and clan. The Scottish people wear tartans with pride, hoping that they will never be forgotten.

 

The Wonderful World of Tartans

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