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Wrapped presents Photo: Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

Photo: Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

The bubble has burst but the ties are still strong.  Give your gifts a little East Coast flair with tartan trimmings woven with the fabric of our landscapes and the places we hold dear 

Hints of gold

An interweaving of gold, a symbol of potential wealth, forest green for the lumbering; meadow green for agriculture, blue for the coastal and inland waters — all tell the story of pride in New Brunswick’s provincial tartan that was commissioned by Lord Beaverbrook in 1959.

Pine-clad hills 

The official tartan of Newfoundland and Labrador was designed in 1955 by St. John’s business owner Samuel B. Wilansky. The bold green, gold and white design was inspired by the poem “Ode to Newfoundland,” which references the province’s “pine-clad hills” and wintertime “cloak of shimmering white.”

Red sands  

The P.E.I. tartan was selected by contest and adopted in 1960. The winning design by Jean Reed of Covehead featured red-brown to represent the province’s famous red soil, green for the grass and trees, white for the surf, and the yellow for the sun. 

Surf and sea 

Designed by Bessie Murray, the Nova Scotia’s tartan was officially adopted by the province in 1963. It contains blue for the sea, white for the granite rocks and surf, gold for the Royal Charter, (a document that decreed Nova Scotia as a Scottish colony on unceded Mi’kmaw territory)and red for the lion on the provincial flag.

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