Rainbow Tartans


I had the coolest day today.  First off, I opened up my inbox and found this picture from my friend Bambi.  This is from her backyard.  Yes, she has a church in her backyard and it always looks this glorious.

Then, I walked into my colleague’s office, and he was wearing this tie:

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Then, I spent the whole lunch talking about rainbows.  It was magical.  So, if some of you remember, I posted a picture of a double rainbow the other day.  If you go back and look carefully at that picture, you’ll see something really crazy:  each rainbow is a mirror image of the other!!!!!!!!  Let me explain in case you can’t see it.  A rainbow is ROYGBIV.  However, in a double rainbow situation it’s ROYGBIV VIBGYOR, not ROYGBIV ROYGBIV.  Fabulous!  It’s probably obvious to many of you out there, but I never knew!

Now back to this tartan business.  I was so excited to see the combination of a tartan and a rainbow, I asked my colleague if I could take a picture of the tie.  After searching on the internet for about ten minutes, I finally found the history of this rainbow tie:

First woven in 1775, this tartan is believed to be an ‘apprentice piece’. The pattern is complex and would have shown the skills of the young hand weaver. This is probably the first time since its creation in 1775 that the tartan has been commercially manufactured. 

But, when you search for rainbow tartan, you get more information than you bargained for.  I was pleased to see these two designs:

The one on the left is a design created in 2000 as a symbol for the gay community.  Apparently it was quite controversial among the old dudes who probably induct the tartans into official tartanhood, but it seems to have made it’s way onto the official tartan registry.

The tartan on the right is simply designed to remind us that everyone deserves to be treated with love and respect.  Seriously, read it here! Maybe the tartan on the right reminded the Tartan Guys that the tartan on the left should be validated.

When you start looking for rainbows, you find them everywhere!  Thanks for the pictures,



One comment

  1. Esther Cole · September 15, 2015

    Love it!

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