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