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Jul 16

Guinea Pig Day

Glenguineapigs for Amble
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Guinea Pig in Glen Plaid
"Slainte!" a "gearra-mhuc"
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"Guinea pigs are quite difficult to draw, I think, because they're so furry". ~ Quentin Blake

Do you know how to say "guinea pig" in Scots Gaelic?

One of only two tartans in the world ever designed for guinea pigs (gearra-mhuc in Scottish Gaelic), this newly designed tartan is a Glen Plaid version of the original "Guinea Pigs for Deborah" tartan which was designed by Carol A.L. Martin.  

The Glenguineapigs for Amble tribute tartan takes the classic colors of guinea pig breeds from the original tartan and transforms it into a tartan of Glen Plaid (short for Glen Urquhart plaid), a  fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks, often favoured for men's jackets and pants.

The name is taken from the valley of Glenurquhart in Inverness-shireScotland, where the checked wool was first used in the 19th century by the New Zealand-born Countess of Seafield to outfit her gamekeepers, though the name glen plaid does not appear before 1926. Glen plaid is sometimes nicknamed the Prince of Wales check, as it was popularized by the Duke of Windsor when Prince of Wales.

In a serendipitous manner, the glen plaid version of the tartan brings to mind the "agouti" banded colouring in fur in mammals (rather than solid colouring) which appears in many guinea pig breeds.

For more on the various guinea pig breeds,  click the well dressed guinea pig, shown here appreciating a pie and a pint, in a cap with a bit of glen plaid-like tweed to complement his fur. 

And for an entire Facebook page devoted to guinea pigs in the fine arts, see Guinea Pigs in Art - A Pictorial Gallery.