Tartan patterns with criss-crossed and vertical bands in a variety of colours have been long associated with Scotland and can be traced across Europe and Scandinavia. Tartan is often called plaid in the United States. You can search by surname to find the Scottish clan and tartan at the Scottish Shop and registered tartans (old and recent) at the Scottish Register of Tartans. Over the years, tartan patterns can also be seen emerging in clothing fashion and household items.
Scottish kilts have become the national dress of Scotland In addition to clan tartans, many tartan patterns have been developed for individuals, families, districts, institutions, and corporations.
Over the years tartan patterns can be seen emerging in children's and men's clothing and women's fashion.
Tartan has also been incorporated in an assortment of household items.