Tartan Ferret

The Keepers of the Cloth

Tartan is a living, evolving art form that plays a vital role in the family histories of millions of Scots and their descendants around the world.

Its international symbolism and popularity place it centre stage in Highland dress, at weddings and black tie events, and as a powerful medium in the creative and commercial industries of fashion, retail and branding.

The Scottish Tartans Authority (STA) is the world authority on tartan, providing information and support to our members worldwide, and championing research and education in the design, history and wider cultural significance of tartan.

We maintain comprehensive information on tartans including the world's most extensive woven tartan archive and an unsurpassed library of books and documents.

We work closely with the Scottish Register of Tartans providing information for the national database.

As the guardians of a priceless collection of tartan artefacts and records we work together to ensure their preservation for future generations. Find out more about the STA and what we do.

Support us in preserving the past and promoting the future of tartan to a global audience.



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