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Tartans: palette, colourways, or shades
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

A tartan is defined by its unique “sett” - a pattern of criss-cross lines of various widths in particular colours. These colours are traditionally recorded quite loosely, such as “dark green”. This leaves plenty of room for interpretation! Over the years, tartan weavers h......

Tartan Searches - direct matches
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

If you search our tartan finder for a name, the first results to be displayed will be any direct matches for that name in our database.  ...

Tartan Searches - historically related
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

Traditionally, tartans have been worn not just by people sharing the same family name, but also by many other families living in the same area or who gave allegiance to the same clan chief or other authority. ...

Tartan Searches - closest match
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

If the name you have searched for does not appear anywhere in our database, and there is no name with just a letter or two different, we will list the closest matches that do appear in our lists. This may sometimes help if your name is related but spelled quite differently....

Tartan Designer: choose (and change) colours
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

First, click or drag colours from any of the three palettes in the ‘Choose colours’ panel, to put them into your Working Palette. The palettes are mostly 'closed' with a simple choice by default. Click the plus icon to see the full range of DC Dalgliesh Weaver's Colours......

Kilts: materials
Admin User 26 Jun 2016

Traditionally a kilt is made of 100% pure new wool, usually in tartan. In our Tartan Finder we offer by far the world’s largest choice of tartans, and on our sister Scotweb site you can even design your own tartan (external link)....

Tartan Designer: naming and describing your design
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

Once you have saved a tartan design in our system, you can name and describe it in detail. This will help friends and others to appreciate and understand the ideas and inspirations that lie behind the tartan you have created....

What is the Scottish Register of Tartans?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

Established by the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008, the Scottish Register of Tartans (not to be confused with the old Scottish Tartans Authority) is the official registrar and archive of tartan patterns. Anyone can register a new tartan design, provided that it is unique and legitimate. You......

Kilting (or 'natural') selvedge
Admin User 26 Jun 2016

A properly made traditional kilt should ideally use a fabric woven with a Kilting Selvedge. This means that instead of being manufactured on the high-speed looms that produce cheaper bulk materials, the tartan is woven on a shuttle loom. This slower process gives the kilt its distinctive cleanly ......

What is tartan? What makes it unique?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

A tartan (or ‘plaid’) is a simple criss-cross coloured pattern, which is normally woven. Each tartan is defined by its “sett“, a sequence of coloured lines called its “thread count“. A tartan’s thread count is normally (but not always) mirrored… i.......

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