Tartan's status means we all have a relationship with Scotland's famous fabric, but how much do we really know? The Secret Life of Tartan goes behind the scenes - and beyond the kilt - to stitch together never-before-heard stories, fascinating anecdotes and historical gems. From supermodels to clan patriarchs, from New York's Tartan March to classic wedding finery, tartan transcends boundaries. Stunning images show a different side to tartan, celebrating the romance and style of a cloth that shaped a nation. This landmark book is a visual guide to the poetry of tartan, looking at the dark past of the most majestic of cloths. It covers the types and styles of tartan, exploring colour and craft, texture and cloth, viewing aspects of sustainability, from the handing down of kilts to the lost art of vegetable-dying yarn. It features the people behind the cloth: families, weavers and designers, mixing tradition and heritage with the contemporary.