the NDSU tartan
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 16:10
The most school-spirited week of the year is here, NDSU Homecoming!
This busy week is full of Bison pride, activities and events, all of which are leading to the big game this Saturday.
We are now expected to show our colors all week long, adorning the green and gold. (Helpful hint: wear YELLOW to the game) And, on Saturday we will be a sea of gold cheering on our beloved football team.
However, sometimes we can run into a stylish block when showcasing our two school colors. There are only so many ways to wear these limited colors. Thankfully the Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality came to our rescue with the development of the Tartan.
During spring 2011, numerous students competed in the designing of a school Tartan. Kelly Nelson was the winner of the contest with the design we all see today. Since then the department and students have been producing and selling the pattern in several ways.
I adore the tartan for a couple reasons.
Firstly, I have a great deal of respect for this piece of fashion, because of the rich history behind the textile. This pattern of woven cloth, originating in Scotland, has become one of the most iconic symbols of Scottish culture. No one knows when the first tartan was created, but the first document of it dates from 1538.
Tartans are also well known to clans and families, having a specific weave to each name. This is also true for NDSU, no one else has our design and no one can use it without our permission. We own the rights to the weave, so if you want it, you can only get it here!
The second reason I love the Tartan is because it allows me to get more fashionable with my Bison attire. The well-known company Burberry is famous for their classic tartan designs. The textile is well known around the world as a classy timeless design.
There are only so many ways to accessorize a spirited school T-shirt, but thanks to the Tartan we are now able to look sharp while representing our favorite team.
So get some Tartan and represent your school!
Keep looking good and have a great homecoming NDSU!