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« on: January 11, 2009 07:14:14 AM »

This is my first time posting but it's a doozy!

I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get some information on why certain colors are used in certain plaids? I know that there are family tartans, but why are they that particular color and stripe variation?

The internet does not seem to be very helpful today in this endeavor.

Thank you for all your help!
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009 04:15:38 AM »

A Tartan plaid is a perfect plaid meaning that when the stripes of color cross each other they create squares. They have the same number (always even numbers) of colored threads in the warp and weft in 2/2 twill.

My guess is the origins of a family plaid was a way of notifying other clans who you were. Indonesians have family ikats, the Japanese wove family crests to wear on their kimonos. It is a common occurrence in humanity to create a wear symbols of family and social status. Like wearing brand name clothing today except not as cool or meaningful.
Anyway check out WeaveCast there is a podcast and links with tartan info.
This site has some history.
if you want to weave a tartan

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009 03:05:20 PM »

Just wanted to chime in that there's a supercool Tartan online generator for weavers:  http://www.weddslist.com/cgi-bin/tartans/pg.pl?source=rb

I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's me with some yarn on my head.

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009 02:04:33 PM »

This is late, but- It is my understanding that 'clan tartans' started off as the local weaver made a lot of this pattern, so everyone in the area had clothing in a similar pattern.  So it was more of a geographical based pattern swap thing that just became tradition later.

But as always, I could be miss-informed.
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