The Declaration of Arbroath, or Scottish Declaration of Independence
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THE Declaration
S C O T L A N D ' SC O M M E M O R A T I V ET A R T A N2 0 1 4

A Limited Edition Fine Art Giglée Print

!!! Xmas Stock Available 2017!!!



"I created the Declaration tartan to commemorate Scotland's long and fascinating history. An iconic tartan to celebrate not only our nation's past ...but also its present ...and future!"

Inspired by the two national flags of Scotland ...the Rampant Lion ...and the Saltire ...the limited edition prints are the first product produced with the Declaration tartan. Collectible ...and of a very high quality, sales of the prints will be used towards funding the first weaves of tartan fabric in both 13oz and 16oz weights. (Now woven!) If enough prints sell I will also want to commission a tartan weave in lambs wool ...for soft cosy scarves! (done! On to batch number two!)

By purchasing a print you're helping me realise the Declaration tartan ...with tailoring of kilts, shawls, scarves & ties etc then being available in 2016.

Your support is very much appreciated!
Steve :)




The Declaration Tartan

Medium Print (unframed)
From an edition of 320 copies
19.25" x 20" (overall paper size) - Image size 15.25" x 15.25" - Rolled in a black glossy tube

Request your own special print number below - if still available
or email me at steve@theTartanArtisan.com

A medium unframed fine art print in an edition size of 320 copies. Signed and numbered by the designer - 100% cotton - Acid free textured fine art paper - Heavy weight at 255gms - Lightfast UltraChrome pigmented inks. The prints come with a certificate of authenticity, complete with rationale behind the tartan printed on a seperate A4 parchment. Publishers seal embossed on the print.



The print comes with an embossed and signed certificate of authenticity
as well as the full rationale behind the creation of the tartan
printed on an A4 parchment.




Note your preferred print No.
Medium print / unframed - £45
Payments are made though my PayPal account ...'dreambox'




WIN YOUR CASH BACK
Each print sale enters you into a prize draw where
you can win the value of your order back!


Medium Edition (320 copies) = 3 chances to win / Large Edition (100 copies) = 1 chance to win / After the relevant edition sells out print owners will be chosen using www.random.org - Winners will recieve their full transaction fee as cash back. Winners will be emailed, and the winning number(s) posted on facebook.





The Declaration Print ...unframed option

Unframed prints are dispatched in sturdy black glossy tubes.


The Certificate of Authenticity



Prints are authenticated with an embossed seal

Embossed with the Scottish Thistle - the publishers seal.




The full rationale behind the tartan is included in a seperate parchment



The print includes the famous words...
Quoted from the Declaration of Arbroath 1320:


"for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."


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Additional text:

THE DECLARATION OF SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE
Sixth day of April in the year of grace thirteen hundred & twenty

The tartan was created to commemorate the most treasured document in Scottish history, the Declaration of Arbroath, a declaration of Scottish Independence dated 6th April 1320. Written in the form of a letter to Pope John XXII on behalf of the Earls, Barons and Community of the Kingdom of Scotland. This eloquent letter, in support of King Robert the Bruce and an independent Scotland, is still regarded as a resolute and impassioned statement of a nation's claim to freedom.

The tartan celebrates Scotland's past ...present ...and in time, its future, and it acknowledges the nation's modern day democratic right to freedom of choice. The Declaration tartan was created for all Scots at home and overseas who wish to wear an iconic tartan to celebrate their Scottish heritage.


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THE RATIONALE
BEHIND THE CREATION OF THE TARTAN

Included with the hip flask



THE PAST...

13 red threads ...and 20 yellow threads ...represent 1320 the year the Declaration of Arbroath was sealed. The colours and geometry also portraying the Royal Standard of Scotland historically known as the Banner of King Robert the Bruce ...the King of Scots. The red pivot thus represent the courageous Lion Rampant and Scotland's ongoing fight for freedom.

7 yellow threads and 7 black threads represents the famous legend of Bruce and the Spider, an ancient tale of triumph over adversity through self belief and perseverance. “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again".

The size of the sett (329 threads) acts as a memorial for the life and death of King Robert the Bruce 'Scotland's Hero King', who died in 1329.

The green and purple shades in the tartan (with the red stripe) represent the ancient battlefields and blood stained heather moorlands of Scotland ...the free land that the Scots of old fought for, and paid for with their lives. The green khaki shades also alluding to the Declaration of Arbroath parchment itself.

AN ANCIENT SALTIRE... The white pivot in the tartan as combined with the azure blue creates a visual representation of the ancient Scottish Saltire. The official flag of Scotland, thought to be the oldest continuously used sovereign flag in the world having been in use since AD 832. Also known as Saint Andrew's Cross the Saltire, as represented in the tartan, also pays tribute to the ancient legend of a white cloud miraculously appearing in the shape of a cross in a bright blue sky. The Saltire thus became a hopeful symbol of a bright future for Scotland.

The white and blue together are designed to accurately represent the proportions of the Saltire, the white bar being one-fifth of the width of the blue field.




THE PRESENT...


20 dark red threads ...with 14, 6 and 4 dark blue threads represent the date 2014 6th April, the date the tartan was first inspired. This date also being significant as Tartan Day in the year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

The tartan's year of creation and registration also marks a pivotal moment in Scotland's history, the date of the Scottish Referendum on Independence 2014. The tartan acknowledges this historic moment in time ...and notes the nation's democratic right to choose independence, or remain united with the Kingdom of Great Britain. The tartan also pays tribute to the 700th anniversary year of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

The dark red then acts as a present day remembrance for the thousands of Scots who died in their fight for freedom during the ancient Wars of Scottish Independence, the colour representing their shed blood.

The Declaration tartan was ratified as an official tartan, with consent given from the Scottish Government, on the 1st December 2014 ...the Observance of St. Andrew's Day.




THE FUTURE...


4 and 6 blue threads ...with 20 dark red and 20 white threads represents the future date of April 6th 2020. The tartan then contemplates Scotland's future, anticipating the forthcoming 700th anniversary of the sealing of the Declaration of Arbroath, taking place on April 6th 2020.

The seven colour Declaration tartan will thus then in time celebrate 7 centuries of Scotland's ongoing evolution towards greater freedoms and independence.

THE MYTHICAL UNICORN... The solid white square becomes the balancing point within the weave, representing the powerful & mythical Unicorn of Scotland ...our nation's national animal. Chained (as being a fierce and dangerous beast if ever freed) the heraldic unicorn represents everything that is noble, innocent, joyful and pure.



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WEAVING AND TAILORING

The Declaration tartan is now woven! Kilts etc now being tailored. If you are interested, feel free to email me at steve@theTartanArtisan.com ...with your details. I will keep you up to date on progress.

You can also follow the news as it breaks on my facebook page:
www.facebook.com/theTartanArtisan

The Declaration tartan is a protected patented design, IPO Registration No. 403693
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The Declaration
Full registered name:
The
Declaration Of Scottish Independence, Arbroath 1320
Ratified (with permission now granted by the Scottish Government) on 1st December 2014 - The Observance of St. Andrew's Day.

Purchasing a print will continue to help me fund the ongoing weaving of the Declaration Tartan!


by Steven Patrick Sim ...the TARTAN ARTISAN, Arbroath



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