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What the V&A Dundee exhibition doesn’t tell you about tartan

Angus Colwell is not convinced that the V&A Dundee’s exhibition Tartan is what the city needs

22 April 2023

9:00 AM

22 April 2023

9:00 AM

Criss-crosses, everywhere: 300 objects covered in them. The exhausting range and depth of the world’s most famous pattern is on full display at the V&A Dundee’s vast new exhibition.

Tartan is a more genuine emblem of Scottish nationhood than the famous deep-fried Mars bar, which no one really eats. But it’s not uniquely Scottish.

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