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What is the meaning of tartan pattern?
: a traditional Scottish cloth pattern of stripes in different colors and widths that cross each other to form squares. : fabric with a tartan pattern.
What is the difference between a tartan and a plaid?
Plaid and tartan both contain horizontal and vertical lines that intersect at 90 degree angles. So the most important difference for people in the US to note between tartan and plaid is that tartan is plaid associated with a clan. Whereas plaid holds no association with a historic clan.
What does tartan symbolize?
For several centuries, tartan remained part of the everyday garb of the Highlander. Whilst tartan was worn in other parts of Scotland, it was in the Highlands that its development continued and so it became synonymous with the symbol of clan kinship.
Do all Scottish families have a tartan?
Not every Scottish surname will have a tartan, so often people wear the tartan of their mother’s maiden name or the tartan of a Scottish district. Tartans have become popular for sporting teams and businesses too.
Do the Irish have tartans?
While a few Irish families do have tartans associated with them, most people trace their ancestry back to a county of origin and wear that tartan. This is especially popular in the USA. In fact, more Irish Americans kilt up than Irish natives, including many pipe bands across the country.
Who can wear tartan?
A – Traditionally people wear the tartan (if any) which relates to their surname. If there is no appropriate name tartan, look for a district tartan connected to the area where your ancestors lived.
Why was tartan banned?
Because the kilt was widely used as a battle uniform, the garment soon acquired a new function—as a symbol of Scottish dissent. So shortly after the Jacobites lost their nearly 60-year-long rebellion at the decisive Battle of Culloden in 1746, England instituted an act that made tartan and kilts illegal.
Who wears tartan?
Anyone can wear almost any tartan, generally there are no restrictions on wearing tartan although some patterns are known as ‘restricted’ meaning they are reserved for some chiefs or the Royal Family.
What do Scottish tartan patterns represent?
Today, the colours identify religion as red and green tartans represent Catholics and the blue represents Protestants. The divide is important in Scotland as one can identify people’s religion by what colour tartan is worn.
How many tartan patterns are there?
7,000 different tartans
Depending upon how “different tartan” is defined, it has been estimated that there are about 3,500 to 7,000 different tartans, with around 150 new designs being created every year.
Did the Irish wear kilts?
Although kilts are traditionally associated with Scotland, they are also long-established in Irish culture. Kilts are worn in both Scotland and Ireland as a symbol of pride and a celebration of their Celtic heritage, yet each country’s kilt has many differences which we’ll explore in this post.
Is tartan really Scottish?
Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland, as Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. Tartan is made with alternating bands of coloured (pre-dyed) threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other.