Gordon Dress Modern Tartan Lambswool Scarf
This is the dress tartan of Clan Gordon. Dress tartans derive from those found on traditional earasaids — large, draped garments worn by Highland women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries — and are usually made by replacing a prominent color in a clan’s sett with white. Today, dress tartans are commonly used in Highland dancing competitions.
This is the tartan of Clan Gordon. The pattern is based on the Black Watch military tartan with an additional yellow stripe.
Dimensions: 71"x 10" including fringe.
Tartan - often referred to as “plaid” in North America - is a patterned cloth (historically woven wool) made up of intersecting horizontal and vertical bands of colored thread. Though its history reaches far and wide, tartans today are most closely associated with Scotland, where by the early eighteenth century distinct patterns (called “setts”) were adopted by specific regions throughout the country.
Originally, the colors used in a given tartan sett were dictated by the local availability of natural animal- and vegetable-based dyes, and were therefore closely related to the region in which the tartan was made. These natural dyes tended to produce more muted colors, and the resultant setts are now referred to as “ancient” tartans. Later, when synthetic dyes became more widely available in the mid-nineteenth century, colors became much darker and bolder, and unique setts began to be adopted by specific clans, families, and institutions. These tartans are commonly called “modern tartans”.