The History, Design and Significance of Shaw Tartan

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The History, Design and Significance of Shaw Tartan

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Clan Shaw are a Highland clan, and one of the principal clans of the ancient Chattan Confederation. The Shaws are descended from Shaw MacDuff, a son of the Earl of Fife. MacDuff was made keeper of Inverness Castle by King Malcom IV. An ongoing feud with clan Comyn led the Shaws to an alliance with Robert the Bruce - Clan Shaw would later fight alongside Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The Shaw clan motto is "Fide et Fortitudine" (By fidelity and fortitude) and the clan crest is a hand holding a dagger.

What is the Shaw Tartan?

In England the name Shaw comes from the Old English word ‘sceaga’ from a similar Norse word which originally meant a wood; the English form commonly means ‘a dweller in or by the wood’. There were several forms of this name there, due to dialectical differences, among these are Shaw, Shave, Shay, and Shea. It is these last two forms that give an Irish connection. The Shaw Tartan is dark green, navy, black, and red in color and exudes the clan's strength and fidelity.

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The History of the Shaw Tartan

The earliest forms of tartan shawls date back to the 16th century. Back then, the shawl was a long piece of woolen fabric draped across the body, similar to a cloak. Its primary purpose was to keep people warm, as it was worn over other clothing during cold weather. Back then, many people made their own shawls using locally sourced materials such as dyed sheep’s wool. It wasn’t until the 17th century, when the fashion industry was booming, that shawls started being produced by local artisans in Scotland. As the popularity of Scottish fashion grew, more and more people wanted to be associated with Scottish culture through clothing. By the 18th century, tartan shawls were worn as a symbol of Scottish pride, not only by Scottish men but also Scottish women. As time went on, the tartan shawl became a must-have fashion accessory in Scotland, with high-end shawls being sold for exorbitant prices. In fact, for a long time, the shawl was one of the most expensive clothing items in Scotland.

The Design of the Shaw Tartan

Like all tartan shawls, the Shaw Clan Tartan features checks or stripes in a particular colour combination. While the specific colours of the Shaw Tartan are open to debate, most people agree that it is predominantly red, blue and black. The designs of early tartan shawls vary widely and some of these designs are still in use today. For example, the Black Watch Shaw is a variation of the Black Watch Tartan that is commonly associated with the Scottish military. The Shaw Tartan is one of the most popular tartan shawl designs in the world. It is so popular, in fact, that it has been registered under the UK’s Protection of Woven Fabrics Act. This means that it is illegal to produce and sell Shaw Tartan shawls without permission. Shaw Tartan shawls are primarily used as clan regalia, with only certain individuals in a clan being able to wear them.

Different shaw tartan accessories

As we mentioned above, Shaw Tartan shawls are primarily used as clan regalia. In order to meet the requirements of this ceremonial use, Shaw Tartan shawls must be made from certain materials. For example, Shaw Tartan made for clan chiefs must be made from pure virgin wool. Shaw Tartan made for use by people of lower rank must be made from a synthetic fabric. Shaw Tartan shawls must also be made to a specific size, with each shaw measuring at least 0.35 m (14 in) in length and 0.45 m (18 in) in width. The Shaw Tartan is most commonly worn as a decorative accessory. It can be worn as a scarf, cravat, belt or even as a piece of jewellery.

The shaw is a long, double-breasted waistcoat, with tails that extend to the back of the knees and are fastened either side of the hips. Traditionally adorned with check patterns, tartan shaws are predominantly associated with men from the highlands of Scotland. The word ‘tartan’ comes from Gaelic and means ‘ Patterns’ . Tartan refers to checks or striped fabrics woven in Scotland from around 1700 onwards. The original designs were developed by dyeing lengths of wool in naturally occurring combinations of red, blue and black. These became known as ‘sett’ or ‘setts’ (the word remnants can be found in regional place names such as Askerton and Auchendarroch) which were then woven into cloth. The symbolic significance of tartan has changed over time; it was once used to identify members of clans but is now worn as a fashion statement. The Shaw Tartan is one of the most popular tartan shawl designs in the world.

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