• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland




    Wojtek Memorial Tartan


       The official Scottish Register of Tartans in 18 October 2013 has entered a new record dedicated to a Polish war hero. The Wojtek Memorial Tartan commemorates Wojtek the Bear (1942–1963) which was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. The tartan is based on the set of the Roxburgh tartan because Wojtek visited Springwood Park, Kelso owned by the Duke of Roxburgh when he arrived in Scotland. The vibrant red colour of the Roxburgh tartan reflects the Polish flag whilst the red “ribbon-like lines” are a reminder of the red and white ribbons soldiers bought from local women to sew onto their uniforms to identify themselves as the Polish Army. The colours of the Polish flag and the Scottish flag sit together in the design to represent the special relationship between Scotland and Poland. Other colours represents the Scottish countryside, the desert lands of the Middle East and of Wojtek’s soft brown fur. This tartan is intended to be used and marketed according to the wishes of the Polish Ex-Combatants Association. Any tartan fabric and products which feature the tartan may not be made or sold unless specific permission has been requested to and granted by the Association. 


    To obtain more information on the Wojtek Memorial Tartan, please contact the Chairman of the Polish Ex-Combatants Association, Mr Marek Straczyński: marekst@hotmail.com, tel. 07785523378.  



    City of Kraków Tartan


        In 2017, cities of Kraków and Edinburgh have organized a competition to design a tartan for the former capital of Poland that would be registered in the Scottish Register of Tartans. The competition was co-organized by city partners with the support of the Scottish-Polish Cultural Association and the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh. 26 designs for the Kraków pattern of the Scottish plaid were submitted and evaluated by the certified authority of Edinburgh. After a formal assessment the jury created a shortlist of 5 finalists for the tartan pattern. Of 5 final entries a project by Alex Imrie has been chosen in online voting. The project evokes the city and spirit of Kraków and its enduring friendship with Edinburgh and Scotland. It was woven in the last traditional Scottish weaving mill and the production process was filmed and presented during the Scottish Tartan Festival. Kraków is currently the only Polish city that has its own tartan. The layout is deliberately large and it is designed to reflect the size of the Old Town market. The colors are chosen because of their importance and versatility with reference to Polish and Scottish national flags.


    To obtain more information on the City of Krakow Tartan, please contact the Scottish-Polish Cultural Association: https://www.scotpoles.co.uk/.

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