Although we have charitable status in Scotland, we've never
believed in going out with a begging bowl to seek donations - we
belong to that 'let's stand on our own two feet' school.
However, of late we've been approached by individuals who, when
they learnt that we were a charity, were very quick to offer a
donation to support all our work in 'Preserving the past . . . and
. . . Promoting the Future.'
Which is of course, exactly what we do. There is no other
organisation in Scotland tasked with researching and preserving the
history of tartan and Highland dress. Despite that, although we
do receive some government funding now and again for
special projects, we have to raise sufficient funds on our own to
maintain our headquarters in Crieff.
It's to there that individuals and businesses from
around the globe trek by foot, phone, letter and e-mail to seek
advice: film studios, television programmers, re-enactors,
journalists, educationalists, historians . . . and kids . . .
brimful of curiosity and eagerness to learn about their past and
how to import it into their future.
Our final objective is to establish The Scottish Textile Centre
which would embrace the whole gamut of textiles world-wide -
tartan, tweeds, Harris tweed, Paisley pattern, Fair Isle knitting,
Ayrshire lace, cashmere, Jute, Linen . . . the whole caboodle! That
centre would be a magnet for historians, weavers, kiltmakers,
sporran makers, jewellers, spinners, dyers and most of all . . .
for children because they're the ones to carry forward that
knowledge of the past and keep it alive for their children's
So . . . if you would like to help us in any way, we would love to hear from
you and chat about what we could offer to make your donation a
meaningful contribution to our preservation of the past and
promotion of the future.