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Fibonacci tartan and kilt

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Hello!  My name is Chris.  I love math and kilts.  

I have created a new tartan of my own design, based on the Fibonacci sequence, and am raising funds in order to register it with the official registry of tartans.

The Fibonacci sequence

One of the most beautiful series of numbers in all of mathematics, the Fibonacci sequence  was described by Leonardo of Pisa , better known as Fibonacci, who was considered "the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages."  

In the Fibonacci sequence, each number is the sum of the previous two numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233... or, we can summarize it thus:

Fn = F{n-1} + F{n-2}

The sequence is closely related to the golden ratio, as the limit of the ratio of consecutive numbers in this sequence, φ. The golden ratio is found throughout nature, as well as in art and in engineering and science, and is nearly as famous as Pi and e.  Here's a brief video showing its wonder and beauty.

The Tartan

Like the Fibonacci sequence, the tartan I have designed is beautiful.  It uses yellow, red, dark green, and navy blue to represent the first seven numbers in the Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13.  

It consists of a 1 Yellow thread, then 1 Red thread, then 2 Dark Green threads, then 3 Navy Blue threads, then 5 Red threads, then 8 Dark Green threads, then 13 Navy Blue threads.

The Drive

I would love to see this tartan officially recognized and brought forth into existence as a magnificient kilt.

Registration of a tartan with the Scottish Registrar of Tartans costs 145 GBP (~$220 USD).  Once registered, the tartan will be given to the public domain, so that it may be adopted by the clan of math and science enthusiasts, wherever they may be found.

Kilts are expensive garments, and a custom tartan is even more expensive.  It will cost around 800 GBP (~$1300 USD) to produce the fabric and have a kilt made from it.  The kilt will be a traditional 8 yard kilt.

Why an 8 yard Great Kilt, and not a less expensive 5 yard kilt?  Well, it's actually not any less expensive.  For small runs of fabric, a weaver has a minimum order.  So to make any of the tartan at all, I'll need to order enough to produce a 8 yard kilt. Besides, it's only fitting that the first garment made from the new tartan be a Great Kilt.

The rest of the funds will cover GoFundMe's fees,  rewards, and taxes.


Now that we've reached 100% funding, I have to get to work on the project.  T-shirts are being produced, and the tartan registration is being submitted.  So I cannot continue to offer these rewards.  I've reached goal anyway -- if you really want to contribute to something, please find another deserving project that needs it.  

Below are descriptions of the reward levels that were offered when they were available, for reference and posterity:

T-shirt  After 5 days, the campaign had reached $316 with 10 donations.  Beat the average by donating $32 or more to get a lovely Fibonacci Clan tartan t-shirt.  

Fibonacci Founders These special reward levels are now available forthe first person to donate a Fibonacci number to the campaign.  The tartan itself symbolizes the first 7 numbers in the sequence.  Become the 8th, 9th, 10th, etc. number in the tartan by donating that amount, and your name will be included in the registry submission form as a special thank you!  And you'll also get a t-shirt!  (Yes, that means there's one t-shirt that will go to the 8th Fibonacci for the bargain price of $21!)

Thank you!


  • Jon T
    • $1,000 
    • 9 yrs


Chris Sanyk
Lakewood, OH

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