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'Oldest Tartan' Discovered in a Bog

The world's oldest tartan examined by three experts.

The discovery of Scotland's oldest tartan is a fascinating moment in Scottish history, one that has sparked the imagination of people across the globe. The tartan, which dates back over 3000 years, was found in a peat bog in the Scottish Highlands and has captured the attention of archaeologists, historians, and fashion enthusiasts alike.

One of the reasons why the discovery of this tartan is so significant is that it provides a rare insight into the lives of our ancient ancestors. It is a reminder of the skills and craftsmanship that were required to weave textiles, and the importance that clothing and fashion had in the lives of the people who wore them. For many Scots, the tartan is a symbol of national identity, and the discovery of this ancient tartan only serves to strengthen that bond.

In addition to its historical significance, the tartan is also a testament to the enduring appeal of tartan as a fashion statement. Although the tartan discovered in the peat bog is over 3000 years old, it is surprisingly modern and stylish, with a bold and vibrant pattern that is sure to turn heads. This is a testament to the timelessness of tartan design, and how it has remained a staple in Scottish fashion for centuries.

For fashion enthusiasts, the discovery of the tartan is an exciting moment, as it offers the opportunity to incorporate a piece of history into their wardrobes. The tartan can be used in a variety of ways, from creating statement pieces such as skirts and jackets, to more subtle accessories like scarves and hats. This versatility is one of the reasons why tartan has remained popular throughout the centuries, and why it continues to be a beloved aspect of Scottish culture.

Of course, the discovery of Scotland's oldest tartan is not without controversy. While some have hailed the discovery as a historic moment, others have criticized the tartan for being too modern in its design. Some have argued that the tartan could not possibly be over 3000 years old, as the weaving techniques and dyeing methods used in the tartan are more in line with those used in the 18th century. It should be noted, the announcement follows 6 months of testing, including dye analysis and radiocarbon testing.

Despite these criticisms, the discovery of the tartan remains an exciting moment in Scottish history. It is a reminder of the enduring legacy of Scottish culture and the importance of preserving our heritage for future generations. The tartan is a symbol of the creativity, skill, and ingenuity of our ancestors, and it serves as a testament to the cultural traditions that continue to inspire us today.

The Glen Affric tartan will now go on display in the V&A in Dundee.

For those who are interested in incorporating a piece of Scottish history into their wardrobes, the discovery of Scotland's oldest tartan offers a unique opportunity to do just that. We may not be able to offer this design amongst our tartan selection but why not have a look and consider a made to order pair of tartan trews by Gunn & Grant.

Originally reported by the BBC.


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