Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Babbage Tartan Endora has arrived

Created by
The Clever designer Miss Reghan Straaf
From Hatpins -
the classiness of a top hat with the elegance of lace and bows.
Bright colours compliment the silk hat;
a must for any lady who enjoys class, elegance, and making a statement.
all Endora Hats with resize scripts, and instructions on how to fit your hat to your head so that your hat doesn't end up disproportionate.
Hatpins - Being Inimitable.
Please visit Miss Reghan Straaf's shops and be inimitable, too!
Hats for ladies, hats for gents;
Victorian, Edwardian, and even some modern ones can be found at the
Haute Couture shop.Haute Couture:
Caledon SouthEnd:
Oak Tree Shoppes:
also for landmarks in world to her and a selection of her amazing
Steamy Victorian Line And Endoras
Piermont Landing
The Imagination of the clever ever fun designer Miss Miss Reghan Straaf
has once again been sparked this time with the New Babbage Tartans

First The New Babbage Dress Tartan ..
( shown here with House of RFYRE FERVOR,WOMEN, BRONZE Dress )

The time and thought and kindness in heart ..in every detail
I can not say enough about the design the fit and the feel of Miss Regan's Hats ..
ahh tartans and New Babbage and now our very own Endora and not just one ..
every part every detail done with care and passion by this wonderful designer!!

Ahh and then she took and made the time turning up the steam to make a Second Hat
with a second New Babbage Tartan !!
How incredible thoughtful she really is !!
( shown here with House of RFYRE FERVOR,WOMEN,ANTIQUE GOLD Dress )
Thank You so much Dear Miss Reghan
So Well done !!
Clapsss and *Hugs*
and many many Twirlsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss !!
A Bit of History
Tartan, arguably the best-known cloth in the world, is not peculiar to Scotland, although it has become the country's national costume, occupying a unique place in its history, and in the hearts and minds of millions of Scots. From the times of the early clansmen through to the traditions of the modern Highland regiments, the kilt, plaid and tartan have constituted the unmistakable costume of the Highlander. The dress today remains attractive, distinctive, colourful and martial. It has come to be linked with the virtues of courage and hardiness, with love of an area and with the music, poetry and culture of the Highlands. Irrespective of the complex debate about the development of Highland dress and the origins of different tartans, this overall picture - of a special apparel that meant much to its wearers - was valid in the past and still holds true today.
However, many aspects of tartan and Highland dress are controversial and the subject is surrounded by a number of myths. For example, the word 'tartan', now associated by most people with the precisely patterned, intricately cross-barred and multicoloured cloth, is itself a matter for argument. Some authorities claim it derives from the IrishScots words tuar and tan - meaning 'colour' and 'district' respectively. There is also a possibility that the word derives from a Middle French word, tiretaine, which referred to a quality of material, of a thin, coarse linen and wool mixture, while an Old Spanish word of similar root, tartana, which means 'shiver', and refers to a very fine, quality cloth, has been proposed as yet another possible source. The Gaelic word for tartan is breacan, meaning 'chequered', 'variegated' or 'speckled'. (Robert Louis Stevenson's hero in Kidnapped was called Allan Breck; 'Breck' meaning 'pockmarked'.)
In Scotland, by the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the word 'tartan' was being widely used by English and Scots speakers for distinctively woven cloth coming out of the Highlands. In 1538, for example, King James V, the father of Mary Queen of Scots, purchased 'three ells of Heland Tartan'. However, the name seems to have applied to a type and quality of cloth rather than to a design, a usage that had changed gradually by the eighteenth century. Similarly, the original practice of making tartan from light rather than warm material was also steadily reversed over many generations. Nowadays, tartan is generally defined as a fabric woven in bands of coloured yarn that repeat in sequence, not only across the width but along the
length of the cloth.
A new hue is formed wherever bands of a different colour cross. It is sometimes said that modern Highland dress bears little relationship to that worn in the past, but this is not the case. All national costumes evolve over the centuries and what we see today in Scotland is a stylised version of an ancient garb.
There were normally six main stages in weaving tartan: gathering the wool, preparing the fibres by combing it to the desired texture for soft or hard tartan, and spinning by a method involving a drop spindle, or distaff and spindle, in which the yarn or thread was spun by the fingers and wound round the bottom of the spindle. (This was later replaced by the spinning wheel, and ultimately by modern machinery.) The wool was then dyed, woven and finally stretched. This last stage, also known as waulking, was often accompanied by singing, during which jokes would be made about friends, frequently in impromptu verses; a tradition that has continued into modern times in the Harris-tweed industry.
Looms were normally upright and operated by one person, with the warp - the threads running the length of the cloth - fixed along a frame with spaces in between and weighted at the base. The lateral threads, the weft, were then woven in across this. Much faster horizontal looms with foot pedals came into use in the nineteenth century, when the manufacture of tartan became a cottage industry. Production later moved to the mills, where water and later steam-power turned the mill-wheels, until eventually tartan preparation evolved into the highly technical procedure of today. Some of the most important of the tartan manufacturers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, like the firms of William Wilson and Son of Bannockburn and J. & D. Paton, at Tillicoultry, below the Ochil Hills, supplied the army with tartan and also exported it all over the world.

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