Crawford Ancient Tartan Tie
Clan Crawford is a lowland Scottish clan of Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon origin historically recognized by the Court of the Lord Lyon. The name originally referred to a location in Lanarkshire, Scotland, “where the Clyde River winds down through the high moors of a marshy valley toward the Irish Sea.”
This “ancient tartan” - first officially recorded in 1842 as “Crawfovrd” tartan - was made with locally-available animal- and vegetable-based dyes, resulting in its softer, warmer tones.
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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”.