I thought we'd do something a little bit different this time around in honour of National Tartan Day - the day set aside to celebrate Scottish heritage. In years past, we've recognized the day with a glorious parade of tartan images and plaid pictures! But, this year - I thought we would just go straight to the source - SCOTLAND.
I had the great pleasure of touring through Scotland with Ronda Carman a few months ago - visiting textile mills and taking in the local sights - and I thought I would share a few of the travel pix (taken by the amazing Gerardo Jaconelli) from my visit.
|A brisk afternoon with Fiona, me, and Ronda - on the ferry to Bute . . . to visit Bute Fabrics.|
|It was amazing to see every single metre of textile being inspected and |
repaired by hand as part of the finishing process.
|John Glen, of Begg of Scotland, with Ronda and me - as he guides us around his|
amazing facility - explaining the weaving process.
|This afternoon was clearly one of the highlights of my trip. Yes, we boarded that tiny|
little plane to fly to the outer Hebrides Islands to visit the Harris Tweed Authority.
|Yes, this is where ALL the Harris Tweed in the world comes from. All of the wools are from the UK - and|
they are brought here to the Hebrides to be dyed and mixed into the amazingly
complex threads that are woven into Harris Tweed.
|While I was visiting - they were making the most incredible thread - and a deep, musky, chestnut|
|Like a painter using a palette of paint colours - the artists at Harris Tweed mix these |
incredible hues to create the threads used to weave Harris Tweed.
|A simple 'herringbone' weave - in rich purple and black.|
|Then the yardage is send back to the factory - where it is washed and inspected . . . .|
|More of the beautiful tweeds from Harris in the receiving department . . .|
|And then after they are inspected - and each metre is stamped - marking|
them as true Harris Tweed before being sent out.
|Ronda and I also had the great pleasure of spending a long afternoon 'at the pub' with Brian |
Wilton, President of the Scottish Tartan Authority. Chatting about some of the modern
uses of tartan - and beginning to plot a custom designed tartan for myself. Yes.
For Further Reading on Scottish Textiles . . .
|"Tartans" by Brian Wilton, of the Scottish Tartan Authority|
|Scottish Estate Tweed, from Johnstons of Elgin|
|Harris Tweed, by Lara Platman|
(Images – Copyright Gerardo Jaconelli)
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