[Ansteorra] Tartan Help

Deborah Wade rhiannonferchcian at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 14 06:17:51 PST 2008

There is a distint difference between a plaid and a tartan.
A plaid can be any fabric woven in a simple or complex checky (generally what you see at Walmart).  Tartans beginning in the 1600s were tradmarked and registered and must follow the rules of their registration to be called that specific tartan and the registration will be on the bolt/role of fabric when it is purchased

With that in mind more than likely what you have if it came from Walmart most other fabric stores are plaids and do not follow all of the rules for a true tartan.  I have a feeling you will be lucky to match it if you can't find the bolt at one of the stores that purchases fabric from the same jobber.

Rhiannon ferch Cian

From: Fiona the Needleworker <danab-steppes at tx.rr.com>
To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:25:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Tartan Help

That's the problem. Apparently the folks that originally picked the tartans just went to someplace like 'walmart' and picked different patterns. So we don't know the names of them. I'm not even sure if they're real tartans or just something made to be pretty like tartans. :(

I currently have a scan of one of them, and need to get the scan of the other three. I've emailed scotweb to see if they can help me identify it somehow, but I will check out these other sites. Thank you.


On Nov 13, 2008, at 2:13 PM, Coblaith Mhuimhneach wrote:

> Fiona/Dana wrote:
>> I am working on a project, and am trying to find 4 different tartan patterns.
> I'm a little unclear on whether you already know what the tartans in which you are interested look like or not.  If you're trying to figure that out, the Scottish Tartan Authority <http://www.tartansauthority.com/Web/Site/home/home.asp> is the place to go.  Their Tartan Ferret will allow you to search by name, color, pattern, and a variety of other characteristics and return color images of the various tartans that match your parameters.
>> I'd love to actually get the fabrics, instead of having to use pictures of scans. . .
> The Scottish Tartans Museum site <http://www.scottishtartans.org/iti.html> has a gift shop from which one can purchase many traditional tartans.  If you know the numbers or names of the tartans you want, you can probably find other vendors using any search engine.
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