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Sorry that we have not written a blog for a while. There has been much happening here at The Scottish Tartans Authority and we will have lots of exicitng news and upates soon. 

So please do check back soon and we will be able to keep you up to date about the world of tartan...

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Written by Grant MacKenzie at 00:00

The Cats' Whiskers

Added value for tartan.
Written by Brian Wilton at 06:00

Tartan Roulette

Lots of fascinating projects wing their way through to me by phone or email and one current one concerns the Russian Scottish tartan. In the wake of the great success of the Chinese Scottish tartan (designed and produced by Strathmore Woollen Company of Forfar) I set about designing a Russian Scottish equivalent and after many, many  months toing and froing with the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh (who became a good friend) and getting permission from the Russian Ambassador in London, the tartan was woven by Strathmore.

The one problem with it was that whilst as designer, I chose the colours, we let the Russians choose the exact shades and the result was a bright tartan that would light up the darkest Russian winter.

Tonight I'm invited to talk to a group of senior Russian businessmen and women who're over in Scotland for a business break and the organisers have gifted each of them some products made in the Russian Scottish tartan - ties, scarves and shawls. I'm interested to see how they're received.

See you JimmyIncluded in my brief presentation to them will be a piece of MacBean tartan gifted to us by Commander Alan Bean (lunar module pilot, Apollo 12, 1969) that he took down onto the surface of the moon and then brought back to earth. That's usually a great hit with audiences.

At the other end of the scale I'm also taking some 'See you Jimmy' hats (those jokey tartan tammies with bright red hair sprouting out of them) to show them that we Scots can have a  good laugh at ourselves. If you want to spread the word that we're not all old sober-sides, you can buy these in our shop (we keep them hidden under the counter!)

By the way - we've added a new page to the weaving section which we think you'll enjoy - a fascinating taste of history about the old hand-loom weaving industry in Bannockburn.

Written by Brian Wilton at 20:00

There's trooble at t'mill!

For readers outside the UK, "There's trooble at t'mill" is an archaic term originating in the industrial North of England translating to 'There's trouble at the mill', meaning of course that  there was serious unrest of one sort or another at the local weaving mill.
So our trooble at t'mill is a series of glitches on the new website which are taking a little longer to fix than we would like. Speed is one issue and some of the complicated and innovative back end facilities aren't as smooth as planned.
So . . . please bear with us and if you have a problem with logging in (some automatically generated passwords have proved temperamental) just email us and I'll give you a temporary password that will work. If you come across any other 'trooble' please do tell us.

Written by Brian Wilton at 00:00

Life's a Bummer!

Lovely idea and good for the garden.

 

 

Little did I think when I was suckered into  visiting Blogsville that I would find myself so quickly descending into the bowels of  the heritage world and writing about tartan diaper covers (nappies to we civilised folk in Scotland).
But here I am, shameless to the last,  but full of admiration for Lori McFie of Fuzbomb in Utah who has added tartan diaper covers to her  growing  collection of  nature-friendly products - even organic Nappy 1cotton diapers made by Lori herself. Those diaper covers can be made to match Dad's kilt by the way - what a superb fashion accessory! I can imagine the uproar if a dad and baby dressed like that, had appeared on the Dressed to Kilt runwayin NYC. An added bonus by the way, is that the tartan is WOVEN IN SCOTLAND. I love her imaginative garden photo.
Have a look at her website www.fuzbaby.com - lots of fascinating topics including having a carbon neutral death - I'd much prefer carbon neutral immortality - so much better for the environment.

Written by Brian Wilton at 06:15




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