The history of tartan connects back through the clans and the story of highland dress is long and complex. The survival of the dress of the Scottish highlanders into the 21st century is a unique phenomenon. It is fascinating to see how modern designers and artists interpret and invent with this stunning fabric.
The date 1746 is an important one. Following the defeat of Jacobite forces at Culloden, the wearing of Highland dress was forbidden by Act of Parliament, until its repeal in 1782. Before 1746 tartan fabric did not represent a particular clan; it seems almost certain that a flower worn in the bonnet fulfilled this function.
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