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Shawl - McDonald tartan, Scottish Dancing, circa 1917 Object Reg. No: SH 870036 5

Shawl in McDonald tartan, made in Victoria, circa 1917. It is part of a child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria.

Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing which developed in the Highlands of Scotland, and is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music. It developed into its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events, particularly the Highland games.

Highland dance has been subject to many influences from outside the Highlands. For example, it has been heavily influenced by the urban aesthetics of the patrons and judges of dance competitions since the nineteenth century.
Plaid tartan shawl in McDonald tartan.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Miss Betty Nixon, 1987
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: clothing, entertainment, leisure activities, scottish communities, scottish cultural activities, scottish immigration, dancing, scottish textiles, tartan
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: regional costume
Place & Date Made: Victoria, Australia, circa 1917
Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1917
References: See Parent Record

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