The Red Thistle Tribute Tartans

- for the many decades of dance, music, and dedication -

The Red Thistle tartan was designed in 2017 by Deborah Savage for retired Artistic Directors Jennifer and John Kelly and The Red thistle Dancers.

 

The  Red Thistle (Dress)  tartan was designed in 2019 to commemorate the 500th performance of the group since its founding in 1973.

These tartans are officially registered in 

The Scottish Register of Tartans

.

Red Thistle
Red Thistle

Tribute tartan for all Red Thistle Dancers and supporters

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Red Thistle
Red Thistle

inspiration photo by Ronald Horii, 2011, Sierra Azul Preserve, California

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Red Thistle (Dress)
Red Thistle (Dress)

Designed to commemorate the 500th performance of the Red Thistle Dancers in 2019

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500 Thistles
500 Thistles

Mosaic of 500 red thistles composed on the Red Thistle Dress tartan

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Official Registry Notes

 

Red Thistle

 

Designed as a tribute to The Red Thistle Dancers, a Scottish Country and Highland Dance performance group based in the San Francisco Bay Area, who take as their namesake, the California native red thistle.

 

This tartan is based on the California State tartan, birthplace of The Red Thistle Dancers in 1973.

Colours:

 

Highland Green: for the Scottish Highlands of Highland Dancing

Parchment: for the Scroll of Honour awarded to the Directors of The Red Thistle Dancers by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Reds and crimsons: for the California red thistle native species (Cirsium occidentale and Cirsium arizonicum)

Red Thistle (Dress)

 

The dress version of the Red Thistle tartan was designed to commemorate the 500th pe