Tartan’s associations with comfort and cold weather are the essential ingredients of this tried and tested print’s enduring appeal. Picture chunky woolen blankets, tins of Scottish shortbread and linings of waxed Barbour coats and tartan’s charisma is immediately evident. The iconic print is timeless – and so it should be, it’s been around for long enough.
The first tartan fabrics were thought to have been created in the 7th Century and tartan-style leggings were even found on the “Cherchen Man”, a 3,000-year-old mummy discovered in the Taklamakan Desert. And yet on Burns Night – and any other wintry day or evening – it still looks as good as ever.