D*S Pattern Book: Tartan Vs Gingham


Text by Amy Azzarito. Design by Maxwell Tielman.

Check out Amy’s Past & Present post about Tartan for more history!

  1. Emily says:

    A little design history is a great way to start the day – more of this!

  2. Abby says:

    I love this! Tartan forever.

  3. Tennyson says:

    In LOVE with this series. Great illustrations and histories. Can’t wait for more!

  4. Emmy says:

    Very interesting! I’ve always wondered about the difference between these. Really liking this series.

  5. I’d like to clear a few points here on tartan vs. plaid. Tartans are specific patterns and colors that originated in Scotland, as a way to identify each clan, as far back as the 10th century. Each proper historically based tartan is associated with a particular clan, which is why the wearing of the tartan was banned by the English after the Highland Clearances of 1745. A plaid is more of a bastardised version of the tartan, and has no historical significance. That said, a proper taran cannot be called a plaid. I am of the MacPhee clan of the 10th century in Colonsay, a tiny island in the inner Hebrides.

  6. Kate says:

    so is a gingham on a colored back ground a tartan?
    if the tartan is on a diagonal is it cut on the biases?

  7. Ryan says:

    So by your own definition the picture labeled gingham is not gingham?

  8. Ievey says:

    In this single piece, you’ve spoken my mind more articulately than I EVER could.


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