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  • Name of Tartan:
    North Sea Oil (Fashion)
  • ITI Number: 10766
  • Category: Fashion
  • Designer / Source: Sim, Steven Patrick
  • Date: 16/09/2009
  • Slog: KNN:NKN
  • Colour Sequence: KNNKTYTKNKNKNKNKN
  • Thread Count: Available to STA members only
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  • Notes: Designed to acknowledge and celebrate the economic significance of North Sea Oil, Scotland's black gold. The tartan is universal and is for all individuals, groups and organisations associated with the UK oil industry, who want a contemporary black tartan to represent their Scottish heritage. Created by Steven Patrick Sim, inspired after learning of the historic inaugural finding of the first commercialised North Sea Oil well in 1969, in the now named offshore 'Arbroath Field'. The tartan designer himself was born in that same year, in the Scottish east coast fishing town of Arbroath. The tartan was created as a belated 40th anniversary tribute to Brendan McKeown OBE (1925-2011), the petroleum engineer famously credited with bringing ashore the UK's first sample of North Sea Oil in a pickle jar on 16 September 1969, a seminal moment in Scotland?s industrial history. Colours: the black, brown and gold together create the colour palette of raw crude oil, the gold accent also represents the iconic burning flare boom of the North Sea oil rigs; the light and dark grey stripes depict the sedimentary nature of the sea bed, the three prominent lighter grey stripes significantly represent the three castles of Aberdeen City?s coat of arms. Due to this enterprising city?s long term contribution to the development and commercialisation of North Sea Oil, it has also become known internationally as the Oil Capital of Europe. Designed by Steven Patrick Sim, copyright 2013. Woven by Lochcarron of Scotland, Selkirk. Weaving and tailoring is managed by the designer.Contact enquiries@theTartanArtisan.com. Or visit www.theTartanArtisan.com.
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