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Tartan Details - Rainbow (Gay Community)

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Rainbow (Gay Community)" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 2647
STWR ref: 2647
Designer: Hek, Ronnie
Tartan date: 01/09/2000
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Fashion
Registration notes: The registration of this Ronnie Hek design reputed to be especially for the Gay (homosexual) community, caused quite a stir in the conventional Scottish Tartans Society and reputedly resulted in a dismissal. Scottish Tartans Authority would not accept a tartan for recording with the same name as an existing one but weavers and designers often don't bother checking prior to naming a new tartan and the Scottish Tartans Authority is presented with a fait accompli as in this case when the Rainbow tartan from Aljean of Canada predates it by some 25 years. Count doubled for display purposes. Excerpt from a website retailer: 'Tartan is one of the trendiest fabrics around but did you know there's a plaid specially designed for the gay community? Called Rainbow tartan, the pattern was created to incorporate the colours of the rainbow - the gay community's adopted symbol - and is now available in a variety of garments and gifts.'
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Where tartans were recorded before the establishment of the Scottish Register of Tartans (SRT) on 5 February 2009, the original Scottish Tartans Authority (STA) and the Scottish Tartans World Register (STWR) reference numbers have been retained. The new SRT reference number can be found in the address box on your browser (url).

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