Ladies Lambswool Ruana | Ladies Lambswool Serape

At the Scottish Shop we are pleased to offer you a delightful range of 100% lambswool ruanas in a variety of attractive tartans. Lambswool is wonderfully soft and breathable and also boasts the unique insulating properties of pure wool. Ruanas or serapes are versatile capes or wraps which are fabulous additions to any wardrobe and the perfect way to add colour and interest to your look. Easily slipped on or off, a lambswool ruana leaves your arms free whilst keeping off the chill on those colder days.

A Lambswool serape is also the perfect way to celebrate Scottish heritage with those fabulous tartans. Tartan has a long and interesting history which didn't actually begin in Scotland but these patterned fabrics are now synonymous with the region. Tartan was found in Scotland as early as the third century AD but there is evidence that fabrics with similar designs were present in Europe up to 3,000 years ago. It is interesting that tartan went on to gain such significance in Scotland alone.

Originally tartans had no names and were not specifically attached to any clans or regions. However, as the cloths were generally hand woven and locally sourced, certain colours and patterns were distinctive to particular areas. The cloths became extremely popular and by the 17th century were characteristic of highland dress. So much so, that after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the British Government forbade the wearing of tartan in the highlands in an attempt to quell the rebelliousness of the Scots.

A century later commercial weavers were now producing tartans and so standardised colours and patterns began to emerge. These designs were given names to identify them but these were not really to associate them with regiments or regions but merely a simple way to distinguish them. By the 19th century it was becoming a common belief that the named tartans were associated with the various clans even though many of the clans did not have a tartan or understand what theirs was supposed to be! Following a visit by King George IV in 1822, when the clans' chiefs were asked to sport their tartans, the idea of the clan tartan became cemented.

So as you can see there really were no hard and fast rules about clan tartans which should leave everyone feeling free to choose and wear their favourite colours and designs. We are sure that you will appreciate the wonderful tartans in our collection here at the Scottish Shop and there is no better way to wear them than in a gorgeous, warm and stylish ruana.