After 300 years of waiting, Scotland’s 6,400-strong Jewish community finally has its own tartan.
Religious experts and tartan authorities collaborated to come up with a design that at once represents Jewish values and Scottish history.
The result is a navy and burgundy kosher non-wool-linen mix which abides by shatnez, the Jewish law which prohibits the mixture of certain fabrics.
The blue and white represents the Scottish flag, and a central gold line represents the gold from the Ark in the Biblical Tabernacle.
The silver represents the Scroll of the Law, and the red represents traditional Kiddush wine.
The tartan, which was chosen by Rabbi Mendel Jacobs – the only Scottish-born Rabbi living in Scotland – is registered with the Scottish National Register of Tartan in the name of the Jewish Community of Scotland.
The tartan invention began when a Glaswegian dentist, Dr Clive Schmulian, met Jewish Telegraph editor Paul Harris at a charity dinner.
The pair decided to commission a leading kilt outlet, Slanj, to come up with some designs.
‘We put them to an online poll on the Jewish Telegraph’s website, 10,000 people voted, one was chosen and the winning design was announced,’ Dr Schmulian said