now it must be known that Tartan clothing was extremely popular in Scottish Highland culture; so much so that throughout the seventeeth and eighteenth centuries, Tartan clothing was seen to be characteristic of Highland dress. since it became the indentity of Scottish Gael, the British imposed the Dress Act of 1746 after the Scots were defeated in the Battle of Cullonden that year which forbade the wearing of Tartan dress in the Highlands in an attempt to castrate the rebellious spirit of Scottish culture. problem is, you simply can't remove the rebel from the Highlander.
now before I go off an some wild tangent, let me explain the differences between Tartan and Plaid since many think they are one in the same. the general rule goes something like this; all Tartans are Plaids but not are Plaids are Tartans. Plaids, as defined by modern designers, are patterns of stripes that meet at right angles whilst Tartans are horizontal and vertical patterns that match thus creating a perfect grid.
in Scotland however, what's considered Plaid or 'plaide' comes from the Gaelic word for 'large wrap or blanket which is also known as 'The Belted Plaid' as it's a blanket that has been gathered and belted around the waist. so 'Tartan and 'Plaid' are not two different types of design, 'Plaid' is type of garment and 'Tartan' is the actual pattern of cloth the garment is made from. because the 'Plaides' where made from Tartan cloth, the confusion is understandable.
Tartan/Plaid was very popular in the 70's as it was used in and on anything imaginable be it sport coats, shoes, maxi pads, wallpaper, or condoms. the punk movement picked up on it, Queen Elizabeth the II's Royal Stewart Tartan was mocked by appopriation with the punk movement in England, and then the counterculturalists and grunge movement took it from there.
with this argument, it all begins to make more sense in a fairly logical and obvious scope. but I'll err on the side of esotericism and pretend to feel privvy to Porsche's intentions while I turn my nose up at the oik who opines that his grandmother has a tablecloth that looks exactly like the inlays in my seats.
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