Posted by Susan Adams - September 07, 2015
It seems that everywhere we turn at the moment we're hearing stories of people who love the Outlander story and, more recently, the fabulous TV series that has been created surrounding it. In fact Sam Heughan who plays the lead role hails from a place only 50 miles away from Gretna Green.
At this very moment we're currently embroiled in the midst of season 1 and while the episodes are largely set within the glorious Scottish Highlands it's certainly got us thinking about of the similarities present between the history of the Famous Blacksmiths Shop and the romantic, yet dramatic tale of Claire and Jamie.
The drama is indeed emphasised by the wonderful authenticity of the show... casting a Scotsman to play the lead role was first thing that the casting directors got right! However a close second is certainly the meticulous attention paid to ensure authentic Scottish dress throughout the show. In fact we've been recently asked about the costumes worn by the characters and indeed to identify the different kinds of tartans featured. With clear links to the clans within the storyline we were happy to see the muted colours which would have been more reminiscent of this period in time...
Being huge advocates for Scottish Tartan and Scottish-made products we were left wondering a little more about the story behind the tartan costumes and were happy to learn that one of our very own suppliers, Ingles Buchan were responsible for the manufacturing of the Outlander costumes. When we spoke to them about the tartans they told us that they were busy reproducing them to sell as they had been inundated with requests for Outlander Tartan fabric and indeed specific items like 'Claire's Tartan Shawl'.
When we saw these items we just knew we'd have to have some here in Gretna Green. So many people have arrived and saw our huge range of Tartan Scarves etc. and expected to see the Outlander tartan as one of them... and we'd hate to disappoint...
So, with this in mind we introduce the New Outlander Tartan Series. What will you chose? We think Claire's shawl would make an ideal Christmas gift for a die-hard Outlander Fan!
Let us know what you think?