Tartan and Kilts – The Pride of Scotland


What is a Tartan?

Kilts: What are they?

What is the History of Tartan?

From where did tartan originate?

The Rebellion of the Jacobites

Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s portrait at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Clans, Tartan, and Revival

Tartan today


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which Tartan may I wear?

Whether you are Scottish in your heart or by blood, tartan is for everyone! For most people, having a connection to the tartan they wear is important when selecting their tartan. Finding out if you are a member of a Scottish clan can be one of the easiest ways to make that connection. Choosing a tartan just because you like the colors and design is also totally acceptable. Traditions, not strict regulations, dictate what tartan is appropriate to wear. Wearing something that makes you feel proud is what matters most.

What varieties of Tartan exist?

Consider the following options when selecting your tartan or kilt:
Vegetable dyes from ancient times are used to create softer colors. This is a recreation of the method (using natural dyes) used to make tartan prior to the invention of chemical dyes. Darker colors are achieved by using modern chemical dyes. Reproduction/weathered: The colors are derived from tartan that has historically been discovered on battlefields or in homes. Dress: swap out one of the original subdued colors for white. Hunting: Use brown, blue, or green in place of one of the original under-check colors. 

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