|Campbell Tartan Shawl|
Check out the Scottish Tartans link above for all sorts of information on tartan and on the kilt. The one thing I do not agree with on that site is that you can wear any tartan you like...well , I know you can , but being a Scot I believe you take your entitlement seriously and wear your own or your ancestors clan tartan. As you will read on the Scottish Tartans site a kilt back then was not a nicely pleated "skirt" with an expensive sporran sitting on your lap...it was known as a belted plaid ( plaid meaning garment) which is simply a large piece of material that had been gathered into folds and belted around the body. The "plaid" was used as a blanket also when sleeping out in the weather whether to mind the sheep/ cattle or watch for intruders.
Are we proud of our Scottish Heritage? Well let me tell me you how it is at our house...
|Picture above the mantle is of Loch Lomond and the stones in the glass vase are from the same bonnie banks|
A heilan coo, long haired mountain goat and a sgian dudh ( knife worn in the sock)
make up the scene on the mantle
|Green tartan/plaid carpet adorns the family room floor|
|Collectors Plate of the Royal and Ancient|
( St. Andrews golf club)
|Scottish purple thistles (some dried) in a vase|
|Books, books and more books on Scotland and it's people|
We also have cook books and
coffee table books on Scotland- day in the life etc.
Heading into the new session of ID classes next week I must include my "castle" interior from the Colour and Theory class which will be a part of my ID portfolio. On days like today I am so excited that I included tartan in my ID designs...but that goes to show it is on mind and there for the taking. I will be posting my lessons from Lighting and from Fabrics & Materials in April and May.
Life is beautiful especially when adorned by tartan! Wear yours today!!