April 6th National Tartan Day

Unboxing the Bizarre™

Probably the most recognized trademark of being a Scotsman, except possibly golf, is the tartan kilt.  Oddly enough, it probably did not start in Scotland at all.  The oldest tartan outfit have been found in Austria.  There are even some samples that come before that out of China.  But what possibly makes Scotland the real home of the Tartan is that they were used to identify clan members.

First, we must understand what a tartan is.  It is made out of wool, criss-crossed in horizontal and vertical bands of multiple colors.  By repeating vertical and horizontal bands in distinctive patterns of squares is known as “Sett”.

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Perhaps the Black Watch tartan is the most recognized of all the tartans in history. (See example in the featured picture above)  Every member of the military unit wears the exact same tartan so they are easily identified, and respected.  In 1746 the “Dress…

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