Tartans

Posted November 13, 2012 3:28 pm by Hazel Stewart

74411139.2If you are interested in tartan and how it has been used in fashion throughout the centuries, then ‘Tartan’ by Jonathan Faiers, 2008, may be of interest to you. This comprehensive and colourful book describes not only the history of tartan but also its technical aspects of construction. It also discusses how tartan has evolved over time to become an integral part of the modern day fashion industry.

A more conventional book on the subject is ‘The Complete Book of Tartan: a heritage encyclopedia of over 400 tartans and the stories that shaped Scottish history’ by Iain Zaczek and Charles Phillips, 2011. As well as providing a detailed history of tartan, the book also┬áincludes a tartan directory listing the major clans, other Scottish families and associated clans and modern and international tartans.

Finally, if you are looking for a specific tartan then the Scottish Register of Tartans may be of assistance in your research. This resource was set up in 2008 to protect, promote and preserve tartan and can be used to search for specific tartans by name or colours.

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