Scotland's leading textiles designers and manufacturers are
showcasing ‘real' wool couture today at the Royal Highland Show.
The ‘Rediscover the Wonders of Wool' event which celebrates
Scotland's wool industry and its contribution to the local
economy, is part of the Campaign for Wool.
This glamorous showcase of 'wool in action' highlights the
wonders of this natural commodity and its superiority over
Many bespoke pieces have been created for the event including a
green patchwork effect Harris Tweed frock coat with antique
train by Judy R. Clark who is displaying alongside
the other designers and manufacturers as part of the special
and Scottish Enterprise are working with The National Sheep
Association and the Campaign for Wool, to educate the public on
the fibre's journey from the farm to the catwalk.
The value of Scottish wool clip in 2010 was approximately £40
million and in 2010 there were 2.95 million wool producing sheep
in Scotland, with 2.66 million breeding ewes. With more than 60
different breeds of sheep Britain is home to more sheep breeds
than any other country in the world.
Cathy Black, head of textiles at Scottish Enterprise, said:
"Scotland is world renowned for the production of premium
quality wool products including garments and interiors.
"The wool industry has faced many challenges in recent years due
to falling prices and the competition posed by man-made
synthetic fabrics. In order to ensure Scotland continues be a
strong force in the production of woollen textiles we need to
support this fibre particularly when targeting overseas markets.
"We are delighted that this group of established and
up-and-coming designers and manufacturers are showcasing their
creations at the Royal Highland Show today which will clearly
remind the public about what a fashionable fibre wool is and its
importance to Scotland."
Scottish designers and
manufacturers which have helped to make Scotland a world leader
in the production of woollen garments and interiors by bringing
Scottish wool to a global audience include:
21st CENTURY KILTS,
Ardalanish, Begg Scotland,
Calzeat (& Glenisla), Catherine Aitken, Clare McInally, Eribé,
Tweed Hebrides, Hawick Knitwear, House of Cheviot, Hunter
Wellingtons, Iona Crawford, Jaggy Nettle, Jo Storie, Johnstons
of Elgin, Lochcarron, Pea Cooper, Walker Slater, William
Chambers and William Lockie.
This is an extra special year for Harris Tweed which celebrates
its 100th birthday. Wool has become a fixture on the catwalk due
to the increasing demand for Tweed and knitwear. It is also a
popular fabric for flooring and interiors, medical use,
protective apparel and activewear.
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About Textiles Scotland
Textiles Scotland was established by the Scottish Textile
Industry Association (STIA) to increase awareness of the scope
and scale of businesses involved in the Scottish textiles and
fashion industry. This brand has been created to represent
Scottish interests at international events and provide a single
point of contact for the industry.
Textiles Scotland holds regular forums on industry issues and
opportunities that help to determine its future.
Model wears Lilac Eribé cable knit dress at the Textiles
Scotland ‘Rediscover the Wonders of Wool' fashion show at the
Royal Highland Show.