Plaid. What does it mean to us? It's just a pattern right? You know, it's all over the place, from trendy teens' fashions to bedsheets to curtains to...rubik's cubes to--the branding of an entire nation? "It is vital that we keep Scotland as the mecca for tartan worldwide and this national register will go a long way in helping to achieve this," states Jim Mather. He and other folks at the National Archives of Scotland are quite (criss and) cross regarding inauthentic misuse of these historically and culturally rich patterns, so they're now working hard to file thousands of designs into a national registry.