Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weaving in Scotland, from Mid-Lothian to the Highlands

The Natural Flower of Scotland: The Thistle

The Weavers meet last Tuesday with the traditional good friends, good food and a really great travelogue across Scotland. In her slideshow, Jeanne shared her trip beginning with her arrival in Glasgow, and onto Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, the Highlands and the Orkney.

Edinburgh Castle

Weaving once defined many parts of Scotland because of the availability of the raw goods, flax for linen and a workforce trained in the craft. For many years, it was a major force in the economy. Other countries began producing textiles cheaper and the end product was of a lesser quality. However, in our price driven world, the jobs of handweavers were expendable. By the late 1980's, many of the mills had closed, and individual handweavers could not make a living wage. The Black Watch at Edinburgh Castle are seen here wearing kilts woven in their Tartan pattern.

Jeanne visited with a weaver, toured weaving centers, castles, cairns, and museums, and had a grand time overall. Her slide show captured the beauty of Scotland and she had her own version of show and tell of Scottish goods, postcards, books, wonderful textiles, jute bags, too many items to describe.

Thanks, Jeanne

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