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French island of Ouessant adopts local tartan

Locals show off their new tartan MSP Rob Gibson [second left] met with locals to see the new island tartan

A small island off the Atlantic coast of France has adopted its own tartan to mark its Celtic heritage.

Locals on the island of Ouessant have filed the design with the Scottish Register of Tartans.

The cloth includes black and white stripes which come from the Breton flag and red and yellow to reflect the island's crest.

The tartan was displayed during a visit by MSP Rob Gibson, vice president of the Brittany-Scotland Association.

Designer Serge Cariou said: "A few of us wear kilts on Ouessant, to cock a snook at outsiders as a joke. So, after a trip to Scotland, we thought 'Why not design a tartan in our island's colours'?"

Ouessant, known as Enez Eusa in Breton and Ushant in English, lies about 20 miles off the Breton peninsula, making it the most westerly inhabited territory in France. It shares Brittany's Celtic culture and traditions.

The new Ouessant tartan also has blue and green elements in honour of the robes of ancient Celtic druids and bards, according to Mr Cariou.

He added: "Those are the colours of the Eussaf clan, an ancient family that gave its name to Ouessant.

Jean-Yves Cozan, Ouessant regional councillor said: "This tartan is not a gimmick, it's an act of cultural identity to assert that we have roots."

Mr Cozan authorised the use of the name Ouessant and Eusa for the registration of the tartan.

The Eusa design has been entered on the Scottish Register of Tartans as number 10,236.

 

 

 

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French island of Ushant adopts
new tartan design

10 August 2010 Last updated at 15:28

Locals show off their new tartan
MSP Rob Gibson [second left] met with locals to see the new island tartan

A small island off the Atlantic coast of France has adopted its own tartan to mark its Celtic heritage.

Locals on the island of Ouessant have filed the design with the help of Scottish firm, House of Tartan, with Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburgh.

The cloth includes black and white stripes which come from the Breton flag and red and yellow to reflect the island's crest.

The tartan was displayed during a visit by MSP Rob Gibson, vice president of the Brittany-Scotland Association.

Designer Serge Cariou said: "A few of us wear kilts on Ouessant, to cock a snook at outsiders as a joke. So, after a trip to Scotland, we thought 'Why not design a tartan in our island's colours'?"

Ouessant, known as Enez Eusa in Breton and Ushant in English, lies about 20 miles off the Breton peninsula, making it the most westerly inhabited territory in France. It shares Brittany's Celtic culture and traditions.

The new Ouessant tartan also has blue and green elements in honour of the robes of ancient Celtic druids and bards, according to Mr Cariou.

He added: "Those are the colours of the Eussaf clan, an ancient family that gave its name to Ouessant.

Jean-Yves Cozan, Ouessant regional councillor said: "This tartan is not a gimmick, it's an act of cultural identity to assert that we have roots."

Mr Cozan authorised the use of the name Ouessant and Eusa for the registration of the tartan.

The Eusa design has been entered on the Scottish Register of Tartans as number 10,236. It was developed for weaving and commissioned by House of Tartan in Scotland

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Celtic Connections

 
A small island off the Atlantic coast of France has adopted its own tartan to mark its Celtic heritage.
 

Locals on the island of Ouessant have filed the design with the Scottish Register of Tartans.
 
The cloth includes black and white stripes which come from the Breton flag and red and yellow to reflect the island's crest.
 
The tartan was displayed during a visit by MSP Rob Gibson, vice president of the Brittany-Scotland Association.
 
Designer Serge Cariou said: "A few of us wear kilts on Ouessant, to cock a snook at outsiders as a joke. So, after a trip to Scotland, we thought 'Why not design a tartan in our island's colours'?"
 
Ouessant, known as Enez Eusa in Breton and Ushant in English, lies about 20 miles off the Breton peninsula, making it the most westerly inhabited territory in France. It shares Brittany's Celtic culture and traditions.
 
The new Ouessant tartan also has blue and green elements in honour of the robes of ancient Celtic druids and bards, according to Mr Cariou.
 

He added: "Those are the colours of the Eussaf clan, an ancient family that gave its name to Ouessant.
 
Jean-Yves Cozan, Ouessant regional councillor said: "This tartan is not a gimmick, it's an act of cultural identity to assert that we have roots."
 
Mr Cozan authorised the use of the name Ouessant and Eusa for the registration of the tartan.
 
The Eusa design has been entered on the Scottish Register of Tartans as number 10,236.
Pictured below is me with Jean-Yves Cozan, the Breton Regional Councillor for Ouessant who authorised the tartan design locally.
Pictured up top is myself giving a thumbs up to designer Serge Cariou, holding the tartan swatch and certificate from the Scottish Tartan Authority.

 

The Scottish Register of Tartans

Tartan Details - Eusa

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Eusa" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 10236
Designer: Cariou, Serge
Tartan date: 03/02/2010
Registration date: 22 June 2010
Category: District
Restrictions: Yes.
Developed for weaving by House of Tartan


Registration notes: Following the visit of MSP Rob Gibson to his island home, Serge Cariou(Ouessant, Brittany, France) decided to design his own tartan. Colours: the red, yellow and black represent the flag of the Isle of Ushant (Breton: Enez Eusa, French: Ouessant); the black, green and white check represents Brittany. Rob Gibson is Vice-President of Brittany-Scotland Association. Jean-Yves Cozan, who represents the Ouessant Township and the District of Ouessant on the County Council of Finistere, has authorised the use of the name 'Oeussant' and 'Eusa' for the registration of this tartan.
Registrant details: Mr Blair Urquhart, Davidson House Drummond Street, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland, PH6 2DW
info@house-of-tartan.co.uk
Tartan image: Eusa. Click on this image to see a more detailed version.


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