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Five things you need to know about the classic Scottish pattern
In honor of Scotland’s status as the birthplace of golf, Canali has featured the country’s quintessential motif prominently in most of the outfits created for the team to wear during the competition. Worn in Scotland as early as 3,000 BC, tartan has had a long and colorful history. Here are some of the highlights:
The Name. The word “tartan” comes from the French “tiretain”, meaning a woven, rather than knitted fabric.
The Ban. The English government forbade the wearing of tartan from 1746–82.
The Muse. A tartan ribbon was the subject of the first color photograph, taken by the physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.
The Missions. In 1969, astronaut Alan Bean took a piece of his ancestor’s Clan McBean tartan with him on a trip to the moon.
The Latest. A new Gleneagles tartan design was created for the 2014 Ryder Cup. Its varying shades of blue are intended to represent the Scottish flag and landscape, while bands of gold hint at the European flag.
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