How Tartan Name Badges Started

What’s a tartan? Tartan is defined as a pattern of interlocking stripes that run on both horizontal and vertical lengths of a cloth or any woven design found on a media. Tartans were found to have been used on Caucasian mummies way back 4000 BC. Although tartan cloths have been around for years, tartans only became widely used in 1765 when William and Sons Bannockburn started its mass production. With its many unique designs, tartans were assigned numbers. The numbers were later changed to names to have better representation.

It was in Scotland where tartans started to have cultural significance. Eventually, it became synonymous to a Scottish Traditional Dress. The kilt then became the national dress for men. Royalties, on present day, wear kilts when they visit Scotland.

Although tartans may represent individuals, families, town, districts, corporations and events, they started off without any symbolic meaning. Tartans were simply known as any woven cloth and often used as kilts. Clan chieftains were made to wear their proper clan tartan on a visit by King George IV to Edinburgh and this was when tartan started to represent clans. This also established that tartans have to have names and association.

To date, there are approximately 7,000 unique tartans on record. Clans were not limited to one tartan pattern. In fact, there can be several patterns that could be identified to a single clan. The internet has a wide range of tartan patterns and it can be observed that their names are derived commonly from clan names.

Tartan name badges are custom name badges made to suit the requirements of those who uphold its significance. The design of a tartan name badge, as the name implies, has the interlocking stripes on the face of the name badge to show ones tight allegiance to his family, clan, heritage or belief. In this way, the use of the name badge is not limited to serving as a tartan’s personal identification but also as a tartan’s declaration of his beliefs. As in Scottish tradition, wearing one’s tartan means identifying oneself with what the tartan represents.

Use of tartan name badges in family gatherings or social functions will definitely make the event more meaningful and further strengthen the bond between families and clans. In the same manner, giving out tartan name badges as a promotional item could help serve as a reminder of the values that a tartan has to uphold.