The Sgian Dubh is an integral part of your Scottish Highlandwear, along with your kilt and sporran. Yet, the sgian dubh has only really been a part of a traditional kilt outfit since the 1800’s. Earlier, it may have been common to carry a sgian achlais (armpit knife) in the coat sleeve. This could potentially be used for self-defence, but more likely for cutting up and eating your food.
St. Patrick’s Day in 2017 lands on a Friday, which for many is the perfect day of the week to partake in celebrations. St. Patrick’s Day is all about celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish culture and heritage. There is no better way to do this than with tartan! Do you think that tartans only represent Scotland? Well, unfortunately you are wrong . There is a whole range of Irish tartans that are being woven as we speak. They are incredibly popular among people with an Irish heritage.
Around the world, there are a lot of myths and urban legends that have surrounded tartan, the kilt, and Scotland. One of my favourites is that in Scotland you cannot tell the difference between men and women’s toilet signs! (And by the way this is false! Our toilet signs are much the same as any other country). Here are three of the most common myths surrounding Scottish Culture.
Are you getting married overseas? Or maybe you are planning on getting married in Scotland and would like to hire kilt outfits for your wedding? In either case, Tartan Plus Tweed can help! We have helped many brides and grooms by providing kilt hire for them to bring abroad.
We are starting our Christmas countdown, and we are just over 6 weeks until the joyous day. Do you have your gifts sorted? If not we will list some great gifts for your loved ones (or even yourself!) over the next few weeks. This week we are all about textiles. Living in the Scottish Borders we cannot deny the history and presence of textiles. It is all around us from the mills that are still standing the test of time, to the Heriot Watt – School of Textiles right in Galashiels. Regardless of your budget, we have the right textile gifts for you!