Welcome on our blog. My name is Lisa and together with the designer of the tartans displayed, David McGill, we will offer you a series of information about tartans around the world. As you will be able to see in our future posts, the tartans are specially designed for each country by using a combination of colours from their flag.
I will begin the first post with a short history of tartans. Enjoy!
Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials.
Although its true origin is uncertain, tartan is a form of cloth associated with Scotland, and is universally recognised as such. Arguably the most identifiable fabric in the world, in the form of the “kilt”, it has come to be seen as Scotland’s national costume. It should, however, never be considered exclusive to Scots or people of Scottish descent, but a universal material that can and should be worn in any form, for whatever occasion, and by anyone who finds it attractive. Tartan, and the pleasure that the people get from wearing it or associating with it, is Scotland’s gift to the world.
Many organisations use one of our tartans as a means of generating income by acting as a wholesaler on behalf of their members, and many charities raise funds for “good causes” in a similar way to support their projects worldwide. Our tartans have helped schoolchildren from all over Scotland to raise funds for their “twinning” projects. We believe that tartan can not only benefit those who produce the raw materials, weave the cloth or manufacture the finished products but, in this “shared” way, help to provide a sustainable legacy for those in greatest need. This is something we actively promote, so please don’t hesitate to ask for information. We also enjoy designing new tartans and are happy to accept commissions.