Thinking of tartan or Scottish, the thought immediately refers to Scotland and above all to the fascinating landscapes of the Highland. Its history is indeed
strongly linked to Scotland and its traditions, even if some historians of the costume have found similar fabrics dating back to the eighth century BC.
in the Austrian mines of Hallstatt and in the mummies of Tarim (in China) dating back to 2000 BC. However, what makes this fabric unique are its warp
and weft compositions which are repeated in a definite way, called sett, while its weave in the loom is the famous twill.
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The and its birth, which took place in 1600, becoming a symbol of Scotland. Contrary to what is thought, in ancient times, the motifs of
the kilt represented a specific region while the distinction between clans will occur later, to make it a royal fabric and status symbol
was Queen Victoria, who together with her beloved husband Albert during their stay in their castle in Balmoral made the
Balmoral tartan official of the English royal family.
To have its spread among ordinary people you have to wait until the 50s when Hollywood start, start to show it even in an extravagant way, like Audrey Hepburn
wearing a tartan jacket with a bow tie or Brigitte Bardot with a kilt and a red half sleeve pullover.
Spread among subcultures
After its spread, tartan in the 70s became the symbol of Preppie style girls (high class students) who showed themselves in prestigious colleges, in good neighborhoods
and trendy clubs. While, again in the 70s, its popularity in Punk culture is due to the extravagant designer Vivienne Westwood which transforms the noble fabric into something eccentric. As had happened with the trench coat and other garments, her bon ton aura is overturned with bizarre skirts and ripped kilts with straps, studs, brooches and amphibians.
In the 80s its diffusion on the fashion catwalks increased and trousers were also proposed. While in the 90 it follows the grunge current spread by groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam proposing a more urban style version with sweatshirts, jeans and tartan overlays; to appear in more recent times in Gothic fashion.
Tartan in details
The peculiarity of tartan is its adaptability to styles, and the ability to enrich and embellish a garment or accessory. Obviously the most famous and chic of all
is the “Burberry check” the famous tartan created by Burberry for the lining of its trench coats, and some details and accessories. In its wake, other prestigious
fashion brands have also decided to include this motif in their garments such as Gucci, Fendi and Versace. But it is not limited only to haute couture
and fashion, in fact, our tartan has not lost its underground aura and is also used on bomber linings and also leather jackets, thus adapting
to different styles and thoughts.
First of all let’s say that being a wool fabric mainly, even if it is found in different fabrics, it remains with rigid shapes that go down therefore for a dress
the belt could help to slim the figure. Its vertical and horizontal stripes create a somewhat hypnotic effect and therefore it is well suited to both
those who are thin and those with more rounded shapes. The rule of height always applies to the skirt so for those who are not very tall avoid long skirts
and prefer a length from the knee up. Being a garment that ranges from elegant to underground, it can be combined with any type of shoes, from moccasins
to amphibians up to the décolleté.
If you want a street style you can alternate with sweatshirts and jeans while for a chic style it goes well with a shirt, a coat or a trench coat and even a cape.
To make the tartan cape more chic and particular it is good to affix a personalized pin to close it, always paying attention not to leave it in the fabric
but to remove it and put it back on, so as not to wear out the fabric. Ultimately, the combinations for tartan are also infinite, being adaptable
to different styles and tastes.