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Of Tartans and Kilts

Today is National Tartan Day, and in New York city it's Tartan Week! A celebration of Scottish heritage, Tartan Day is held on April 6 to commemorate the Declaration of Arbroath, a declaration of Scottish independence submitted to Pope John XXII in 1320. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Apr 6, 2012 - 17 comments

“Such excess of passion is quite out of fashion”

How To Dress Like Edward Gorey (And everyone he ever drew)
posted by The Whelk on Oct 28, 2011 - 54 comments

A Guide To Recognizing Your Setts

For those of you who are celebrating Tartan Day on April 6, a little primer on tartans. Tartans began in Scotland as woven wool patterns used as district identifiers, created using locally popular patterns and, originally, different natural wool colors. The word tartan originally just meant the style of weaving -- take the yarn over two cross strands, then under two, then repeat. Eventually the meaning changed to what we now accept, the patterns of colors in the weave, also called the sett. [more inside]
posted by Shotgun Shakespeare on Apr 5, 2008 - 31 comments

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