Ask a group of people to name 10 things associated with Scotland and you could probably put money on tartan being somewhere on the list. Scotland’s celebrated textile industry is world famous. Today traditionally-produced Scottish tartan, tweed, cashmere and woollens are highly sought after, featuring in the collections at Hermes, Gucci, YSL and Louis Vuitton to name a few – as well as inspiring a new generation of home-spun talent.
Having survived the technological revolutions of the past decades, the textile industry which played such a pivotal role in shaping the history and economy of the region continues to thrive. And nowhere more so than in the pretty Border towns of Hawick, Innerleithen, Selkirk and Peebles, the historical textile heartland if you will, where the soft waters and nature’s glorious colours inspired an industry. Although the fabrics now tend to be produced discreetly in small runs for the exclusive high-end fashion houses, there is still much to see thanks to the creation of the Border’s Textile Trail. Easily reached from Ednam House Hotel, the trail offers something for everyone- fashionista or not.
Comprising ten textile companies, factory outlets, visitor centres and museums within 30 miles of each other the trail takes you on a journey that beautifully illustrates the dramatic landscapes, the inspiration for the fabrics and the colours chosen to dye the yarns. Many offer factory tours with hands-on exhibits and opportunities to card the raw wool or watch traditional manufacturing processes that the mill workers would have employed. Contemporary and historical costumes, fashion and design showcased in a way that adds a sense of nostalgia and sets the scene for indulgence in some quality retail therapy at factory prices. Well, everyone needs a decent souvenir from their trip, don’t they?
Of course, there’s more to the Borders than tartan and tweed. Some visit to experience the gentler pace of life and the chance to go fishing, play a few rounds of golf or to explore historic landmarks and thriving market towns. Some for adrenaline-fueled mountain biking, off road quad biking or to discover the miles of walking trails. Whatever brings you to the Borders, Ednam House offers an ideal base from which to explore the region.
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