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Tartan Details - Roslin Roseline Da Vinci

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Roslin Roseline Da Vinci" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 6838
STWR ref: none
Designer: Wilton, Brian
Tartan date: 01/01/2006
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Corporate
Registration notes: Assymetric. Designed to commemorate Dan Brown's hugely successful book The Da Vinci Code and to highlight the role of Rosslyn Chapel - just six miles south of Edinburgh. The tartan is based on the Sinclair tartan - it was Sir William St. Clair (third and last Prince of Orkney) who founded the Chapel in 1446. The design is unusual in that it is not symmetrical and uses the 'mystical' Divine Proportion or Golden Section to position the gold line on the blue. Also called the Golden Mean this ratio (1.61803) occurs naturally in nature and has been used by artists stretching from Ancient Greece to Da Vinci and through to modern times. The blue and white are from the Scottish flag - the Saltire - and the white further represents the human spirit and the white dove that nested in Rosslyn Chapel in the year that that The Da Vinci Code film was released. Purple pays homage to Scotland's famous heather and the red represents the legendary Rose Line - an energy line on which the Chapel is said to lie. Red is also the colour of Mary Magdalene's hair in Da Vinci's iconic painting, The Last Supper. Finally, the green takes us back to the Chapel and over 100 green men - stone gargoyles whose mouths spout ivy and vines and who were pagan, pre-Christian figures of fertility and power. All these design elements combine to provide a truly unique memento of Scotland's part in the blockbuster film
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