Tartan is actually a pattern of interlocking stripes running both horizontal and vertical and is mistakenly known as plaid. Plaid, according to the Scottish Tartans Museum, comes from the Gaelic word for blanket and is specifically used in the context of Highland dress to refer to a long length of material. Originally the kilt was known as the belted plaid which consisted of basically a large blanket that was gathered and belted at the waist. Plaids were most often made from a tartan cloth, so the confusion between the two is understandable. In fact, I'm sometimes still a little confused. haha
Tartan designs originally had no symbolic meaning and cloths made of the patterns can be dated to about 3000 BC. Where there was woven cloth, Tartan patterns were created and yet it is only Scotland that cultural significance is associated with them. Tartan became so extremely popular in Scottish Highland culture that by the 17th century it was characteristic of Highland dress. It was so identifiable with the Highland Gael that in 1746 the British government forbade the wearing of Tartan in the Highlands; an attempt to suppress the rebellious Scottish culture.
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and enjoy all of these wonderful Tartan and Plaid interior images from my Pinterest board Insanely Mad About Plaid.
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