Tartans are Cool and Now I Kind Of Want A Kilt.
Pipe band usually wear tartan clothing; which have historic symbolism of attires used in Scotland region. The selection of the tartan is guided by the main theme of the band. However, Tartans are plaid fabrics that represent specific Scottish regions and clans. This plaid uses bright and dark colors on wool fabric.
Nonetheless, its history is debated. But most agree a Tartan originated before Jesus Christ was born. Entire villages wore the same Tartan in some form of apparel. This is usually because the village weaver made one very long bolt of cloth that everyone used to make clothing.
The most notable Tartan clothing is the kilt. However, tartan fabric and patterns are now made into all manner of clothing and accessories.
Categories of Tartans:
Nonetheless, these are Tartans associated a family or clan background. And they are worn by the clan’s members as well as well-wishers.
Furthermore, this is a Tartan intended for anyone who is named or uses a certain surname ; be it an individual or the whole family. The registrant of such a tartan may be expected to have a number of people with that surname sign off on the design; as evidence that they approve of the registration. However, in some time, such tartan may be accepted as Clan/Family ones if no other patterns are available.
This tartan is named after a particular geographical area; such as countries, cities, provinces, states or even small towns. However, such tartan is usually worn by those who feel a personal connection to the area that the tartan represents.
Practically, it is often used also by those who cannot find their clan or family connection to any of the tartan.
On the other hand, this Tartan’s thread-count is taken from a real artifact, painting; or an article of clothing. However, the Scottish Register of a Tartan suggests including the tartan’s origin in its name.
Moreover, this category of Tartan belongs to a particular company, organization or group of people gathered around specific interests. Nevertheless, the trend of creating a corporate tartan has started in the 1980s; and has remained continuously popular right up to the present day.
Naturally, these tartans are worn only by employees or group members; as well as weaving of the tartan is normally restricted to company approved weavers only; to ensure distribution is controlled among approved wearers only.
Meanwhile, Tartans created in order to remember someone or something. They mark a special event or a person; and may be worn by anyone who has an interest. Or who perhaps feel associated to the tartan’s theme. E.g.; WW1 anniversary.
Tartans connected to the branches of the armed forces; which can be worn by any person with a genuine claim to affiliation with that branch. Volunteer branches are also included in this category.
As a matter of fact, a Tartan that is strictly connected to the Royal Family. Nevertheless, these tartans are worn only by the members of the British Royal Family. However, few tartans considered as Royal ones; (such as Royal Stewart) have no restriction; and historically can be worn by any subject of that monarch.
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