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Plaids & Tartans! Is there a difference???

Usually when we think of “Plaids” we think of Scotland, and Tartan plaids, but it can be any fabric in which bands of color running horizontally & vertically intersect for form squares.  Plaids date back to the 1500s and now come in many patterns from argyle and gingham to madras and windowpane, always evoking classic style.

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven cloth, now they are used in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns (Tartan is also know as plaid in North American, but in Scotland, a Plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder or a blanket.)

Tartan is made with alternating bands of coloured (pre-dyed) threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colours cross, which give the appearance of new colours blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of colour repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as a sett.

Scorpio Vintage proud offerings range from an authentic MacKinnon Hunting tartan, a homespun pastel skirt & shawl, an argyle sweater; ending with a high fashion tone on tone plaid skirt.

Vintage MacKinnon Hunting Tartan Plaid Skirt

Pastel Plaid Skirt/Shawl Suit

Vintage 80’s Angora Arygle Pullover Sweater

Escada Tone on Tone Red Plaid Skirt



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