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ARCTIC

DESCRIPTION

(This is not a Canadian tartan, but I have included it for geographical completeness.)

The Arctic tartan was developed from the Antarctic tartan, also designed by Ros Jones of the Isle of Mull. The following description is taken from the designers notes for the Antarctic tartan because as she says “they are twin tartans, ‘poles apart’ in geography and wildlife and yet ‘poles together’ in what they symbolize.

White represents the ice and ice flows, and the edge of the Arctic Ocean. Grey represents outcropping rocks, seals and birdsand black and white together depict the whales. Pale blue represents crevasses in the ice and shallow blue icy waters on the ice shelves, whilst dark midnight blue represents the deep waters and the darkness of the Arctic winter.

The design also reflects the Arctic’s geography. The light square of white at the edge of the sett represents the light of the Arctic summer. This is quartered by meridian threads of pale blue, the crossing point representing the South Pole and the Scottish saltire. Two bands of grey surrounding the white heart depict nunataks, mountain ranges, and exposed coastal rocks. The Arctic’s life forms are found around the coast so the colours that follow in the sett, green, black and white, represent the wealth of animal life on land and in the seas. Surrounding the land, pale blue and white depict the ice shelves whilst the outside is edged by bands of midnight blue for the ocean deeps and dark winters. Each sett is separated by a thin band of white that represents the edge of the Arctic.

SETT

SB/4 CW24 LN4 CW4 LN8 R8 DBG8 K8 CW4 SB8 RB64 CW/4 (ITI No. 3040)