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Getting Your Own Tartan Made

tiecollector

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Has anyone ever gotten their own tartan made? I think it would be fun.
 

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I know that certain tartans are only allowed to be worn by certain persons/groups (i.e. the tartan of the Windsor family, Balmoral). I doubt there are restrictions on making a new one...who the hell would regulate that? It's just making up a pattern basically.
 

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I do recall Madonna having a tartan design made for her a few years back when she just gotten married to Guy Richie. And if I remember correctly, she got some flak for doing that.

Anyway, can people with no Scottish background have Tartan made too? (Not that I think thats a good idea)
 

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Many Tartans have names corresponding to different clans, but there are certainly more patterns possible than clans. Think how many articles of clothing you see all the time with tartan patterns. Many of these are just created because the designer liked the color scheme.
 

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Here is page in which you can find your clan. Under clan septs link you can find names of familes aligned with clans. My mothers family is Todd they are part of the Gordan clan. Here is mine http://www.scotclans.com/clans/Gordon/tartan.html

You could have new one made but it won't be a "tartan" it will just be a fabric you made up.
 

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I spent a semester in Scotland, and I have to say that, in general, they place very little importance on tartans. Maybe some of the extremely rich or old land-owning families do, but that's about it. Judging by all the books and tartan items for sale, though, American tourists are fascinated by them.
 

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You can get a tartan made, named and recorded. There are rules about your tartan as it cannot infringe on an existing one, etc.

The irish also have tartans related to their counties.
 
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Designing your own tartan would probably be time consuming and expensive. Frankly, with the vast multitude of plaids out there now, I don't see much of a point in doing it.

If there ever were strict rules about what tartans could be designed or who could wear what, they were abolished several centuries ago. Wear whatever you want.

If clan neutrality is a concern, I recommend the Blackwatch tartan, which associated with the British military, not any clans. There are also several states with official tartans.
 

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Someday I'll have these made but with my fam's tartan. I think that would be neat (so long as it is like your 30th bespoke shoe...)
 

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Originally Posted by jonnyunpleasant
If clan neutrality is a concern, I recommend the Blackwatch tartan, which associated with the British military, not any clans. There are also several states with official tartans.

Actually, the Black Watch tartan is associated with the Campbell Clan: "Ancient Campbell is the same as Black Watch tartan--hardly surprising, since that illustrious regiment is a Campbell regiment, raised by the Duke of Argyll in 1739." - http://www.ccsna.org/jsep50a.htm

There's one called "Flower of Scotland" which is, as far as I know, clan-neutral. I believe there are also regional tartans, and tartans for some non-clan groups.

If you can't find a tartan that suits you, I can certainly see the appeal of designing one and having it registered. I've even seen software for doing the design. I do imagine that having your tartan woven would probably cost quite a bit, but tartan cloth already costs a lot.

-Greg
 

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Originally Posted by wldthistle
If you can't find a tartan that suits you, I can certainly see the appeal of designing one and having it registered. I've even seen software for doing the design. I do imagine that having your tartan woven would probably cost quite a bit, but tartan cloth already costs a lot.
Depends how much you want. I would only need a couple yards of it. I think it would be fun. Might cost you a couple hundred if you can find a hobbyist. I'm sure some Caledonian Society members have looms in their garage right next to their cabers. A kilt runs about $500-$1000 for a nice one with all the pleating, I don't own one or plan on ever buying one.
 

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