Worn by everyone from rock stars to the Royal Family, tartan is an internationally recognised fabric and symbol of Scottishness. Now, in this
comprehensive, fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Brian Wilton traces tartan back to its roots, looking at how and where the various clan
tartans began and showing how the material has spread across the world, to such an extent that 30 American states have their own tartan, and no major
corporation can be without one. Arranged in geographical sections, from the Lowlands to Highlands and Islands, the book showcases 400+ tartans,
explaining how they were created, what they signify and when and by whom they are worn. Alongside the classic Scottish tartans, each clearly depicted
in full colour, are other examples of tartans across the world, from Argentina to the Detroit Police. Accompanying boxes discuss the wider history and
role of tartans, with illustrations including 18th-century oil paintings, Victorian engravings and modern celebrity photos. From Mary Queen of Scots to
Alexander McQueen, this is the essential guide for anyone who has ever fancied sporting a sporran.
About the Author:
Brian Wilton is the director of the Scottish Tartans Authority. An internationally recognised authority on the subject, he has designed numerous
tartans himself, including recently one for the G8 summit.