What is a tartan?

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What is a tartan?

In Scotland a tartan is a woven pattern that represents a clan or family. Often exported to other countries or made in other countries the tartan does not have the same significance to the general wearer of clothing that happens to be made with specific identifiable tartans, but each tartan is designed for specific clans. Tartans are not only on traditional kilts but on other fabrics and clothing items and non material items ranging from book covers, to paper items and paintings and everything in between. The tartans are each distinctly different weaves of colour combinations. There are many of them. Many people mistakenly call tartans plaids. They are not the same thing. Each clan or family may have more than one tartan. They may have a dress tartan, hunting tartan and an everyday tartan or even tartans in old colours and newer colours. Used to identify your particular clan or family tree, the tartans are worn like a badge of honour and family pride. For people who attend the Scottish games it makes identifying other clan members easy when you see someone wearing a clan tartan. Easily identifiable all over the world, the tartan is one of the main symbols of Scotland. At one time the government tried to do away with that identifiable tartan in an effort to make the Scots bend to their will. The wearing of the tartans became a crime punishable by death. Obviously they were not successful in eradicating the tartan or the culture. In fact tartans are now worn by member of the British royal family. Mama Nono

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