Nearly 1,600 years ago, bright, checked fabrics arrived in Scotland by way of migratory Irishmen. You could have called these woolen creations tartan plaids, though they were much simpler in design. Over time, clans in the Highlands wove in more colors and turned the patterns into ceremonial kilts as a sign of individuality. The Scottish-patterned goods on the next page are just as unique and don’t require a special occasion.

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