Bendigo tartan gets Scots nod

NEW KILT ON THE BLOCK: Bendigonians will now have the opportunity to wear their own tartan design to the annual Scots Day Out celebration after the city’s design was given the nod by the world’s peak tartan body. Related:
Nanjing Night Net

Bendigo to get tartanGALLERY/VIDEO: Scots Day Out in Bendigo 2014IT’S official– Bendigo now has its own tartan after the world’s peak tartan authority endorsed the new design.

The man behind the tartan,Chris Earl, received an email from theScottish Register of Tartans on Wednesday, September9, 2015–the same dayQueen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history.

“It was a day for the history books,” MrEarl said.

“And the Queen’s milestone was good timing too– it will certainly assist in recalling the historic date.”

The event director ofBendigo’s annual Scots Day Out and tartan enthusiast said the endorsement marked a first in Australian tartan history.

“Yes there are other states and communities that have their own tartans but, as far as we are aware, Bendigo is the first municipality to officially adopt and have recognised its own design,”MrEarl said.

PURE GOLD: The blue and white are taken from Victoria’s state colours and represent the water and skies and the mullock heaps from Bendigo’s goldmining days, the reds are symbolic of the earth and the sun, while the green demonstrates Bendigo’s fondness and awareness for the forests and bush that surround the city.

The design– which references the colour of mullock heaps from Bendigo’s gold rushera and eucalyptforests which surround the city– is now registered on theScottish Register of Tartans website.

A woven sample of the tartan will also be permanently preservedin the National Records of Scotland.

MrEarl said he was currently scouring the UK for specialist tartan weavers who could do the kind of ‘hardweave’required to produce kilts and associated clothing. He said they would be ready by the end of the year, in time for Scots Day Out 2016.

“There is already a lot of interest from people in the community to secure the first kilt with this design,” he said.

“Let’s just say we are working on a process to identify who will be lucky enough to have tartan number one.”

Scots Day Out 2014This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments are closed.