The tartan design has a national significance, not only in Scotland but worldwide. It’s composed of horizontal and vertical bands that cross or threads of color. These variations represent the different clans that have historically supported the Scottish people. The Highlands is where tartan was created and each tartan pattern is a source of pride for the Scots.
The History of the Tartan
Tartan’s history is long. This was the case from the 17th century up to the mid-19th century when many “Tartan Patterns”were made to be used in association with Scottish families and clans. The third or fourth century AD is the most likely date for the oldest known tartan from Scotland. Tartan cloth from other regions of the globe has been discovered dating back to 3000 BC. Tartan designs were original without names or symbolic meanings. The tartan cloth was usually handwoven locally. It is estimated that there are approximately 7,000 tartans in existence today, with 150 new ones being created each year.
People who are not familiar with the color variations for a particular pattern were able to tell me that they don’t know what they look like. It is divided into five types: “ancient”, “modern”, “muted”, “hunting”, and “weathered”, but they are all the same tartan.
MODERN, ANCIENT, HUNTING, WEATHERED, and MUTED.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Modern tartans are bolder, darker, and more vivid in a bright shade. Modern and ancient designs share a similar set, but the reds and blues look more navy and the greens are brighter.
It’s lighter and more visible in Ancient Tartan. Blues are smoother and greens appear greener. Red appears more orange.
Muted tartan has a slightly different look than Modern. For example, the Muted green color looks more similar to green. Tartan’s colors have a specific meaning, and they are purely contemporary.
The main difference between the reproduction shades and Weathered Tartan is that the blues are now slate blue, black a more intense charcoal black, red and even deeper shade, and green a kind of Khaki. To protect themselves against harsh weather conditions, men wear kilts all day and at night.
These colors were worn traditionally during hunting, and are the most common to be found in nature. They are close to being in browns and greens and are the strongest colors. MacLean Tartan, for example, is a red tartan. A hunting tartan would have been required to blend in with the greens and browns of the woods.
WHAT IS TARTAN PLAID?
Plaid is a common term for Tartan. It refers to a fabric with a tartan design. Both have horizontal and vertical stripes which intersect at a 90-degree angle. This creates grid-like patterns throughout the textile. Many similar patterns are difficult to spot. This is where things get a bit tricky because not all plaids are tartans.
The tartan and “clan Tartan” are crucial parts of any Scottish clan today. Many tartans can be correlated in Scottish clans.
SCOTTISH CLAN TARTANS
Many Tartan Patterns are available for individuals, families, districts, universals, and regiments. Tartan for Individuals is a tartan that’s worn by clan members who are connected to one’s family history. Someone with a Scottish surname will likely have a tartan. For example, Royal Stewart Tartan may be closely related to royalty. It’s divided by 4 which accounts for the odd-numbered thread count where the blue borders the red blocks are often shown as azure.
DISTRICTS, REGIMENTAL TARTAN
It is named after the geographic area that may represent nations, cities, or states. These tartans are often worn by people who feel a personal connection to the world represented by the tartan.
Sutherland Tartan features a deep forest color that covers the majority of the tartan, with a lining in the darker color. The grassy green is there to give it emphasis. These are generally military tartans. However, they are associated with a select regiment. For example, Black Watch Tartan Kilt, which is made up of two colors: stark dark and deep forest green. These colors can be worn in the traditional tartan style. Veterans and current serving members of this regiment should wear them. There are also regional tartans that are recognized by government entities.
CORPORATION, UNIVERSAL TARTAN
Corporation Tartan is reserved for a select company, group, or individual. These tartans can only be worn by employees or group members. The weaving of the tartan is usually restricted to approved weavers. Universal Tartan is for those with a connection to Scotland who want to wear tartan, but cannot identify their clans or the areas where their ancestors lived.
Tartan colors have a particular meaning and are purely modern. The colors are derived mainly from dyes produced by plants, roots, and berries that are local to a particular geographic area. The pattern is made up of horizontal and vertical bands that are of different colors.
How to make Tartan patterns
A machine is required to knit tartan patterns, but it’s possible to knit the bottom of the tartan by hand. To create the tartan pattern straightforwardly, a combination of knitting and weaving in long threads. We also saved some yarn. This stitch is so beautiful, you will fall in love with it. It can be used with any color, including neutrals, bold, and pastel.
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