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Scottish Tartans
What does my clan tartan look like

One of the first surprises you may have is that clan tartans are a relatively new phenomena compared to the long history of scotland. People most commonly wore a pattern of tartan common to the area they lived in (weavers had their favorite patterns or had a pattern they were good at in different areas)and could therefore be identified as being from that area if they travelled outside their district. However, when the laws against the wearing of kilts and tartans were lifted in the 1800's people started to wear, in essence, an emblem of their clan or family name.
A random example (which will change each time you load the page) is detailed below:

clan tartans

So what is a tartan? Put simply, it is a pattern consisting of crisscrossed horizontal rows and vertical columns in various colours which often depict or are important for one reason or another to a clan's history. Tartans originated in woven cloth which was typically used for kilt or coat materials, sometimes used as drapes or curtains to keep the cold out in large houses. Like most english words there are some confusions. Kilts are a tradtional costume made out of tartan, not the tartan itself. Likewise, tartan is also known as plaid in North America, but in Scotland this word means a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder

The following is an alphabetical list of tartans which have not only an image but a little history on the page: