This Sunday 25th January is Burn’s Night, and although it’s a celebration of Scottish poet ‘Rabbie’ Burns (1759 – 1796), for me it conjures an image of a tartan-swathed Burn’s Night Supper.
These ‘bow brooches’ are made from Lochcarron of Scotland tartan in a medium weight. The plain blue bows represent the Scottish Saltire flag.
Tartan swings in and out of fashion, sometimes gaining a bad rap for being tacky (think dodgy souvenir tam o’shanters and sickly colour-combinations), but Scotland’s most notable fabric is a beautifully woven and striking textile.
Designers and labels such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen have used tartan with aplomb for years; elevating both its reputation and perception from a simple, warm and hard-wearing fabric into a subversive, sexy and high-fashion look.
Many famous design houses work directly with Scottish mills to source and commission fabrics for their catwalk and couture collections, and I love that Scotland is firmly on the fashion map in this way.
As a maker, I love working with Scottish textiles to both support and promote Scottish businesses, but also to understand the heritage and provenance of the materials I work with.
Check out my Folksy shop to buy a blue or tartan ‘bow’ brooch in time for Burn’s Night 2015, and wear one in your hair, on your lapel or pinned to a hairband or clutch.
Go wild and be a tartan-harlot!