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Scotland's Last Traditional Tartan Mill is Rescued

D C Dalgliesh tartan weaving millNow here’s some REALLY important news for anyone who cares about Scottish heritage. Nick Fiddes and Adele Telford, owners of Scotweb, have stepped in with a last-minute rescue package to save the D.C. Dalgliesh tartan weaving mill from closure.

Why is this so important? Because if D.C. Dalgliesh had gone to the wall, 90% of tartans would never be woven again. It would have been the end forever of a major Scottish tradition and centuries of specialist skills.

D.C. Dalgliesh Ltd, of Selkirk, Scotland, is the only weaver in the world still producing all its tartans to authentic traditional standards. No other weaver produces tartans of the same quality. And no other mill can weave you just enough for a single garment in your own family tartan, which is what most tartan enthusiasts want.

There’s a new business plan to return it to health. But we really need everyone’s support to ensure the mill survives for future generations. So we need YOU and everyone who cares about Scottish traditions to rally round and spread the word about this remarkable little gem. We don’t need your money. We just need you to help spread the word about D.C. Dalgliesh and their wonderful products. So please visit the D.C. Dalgliesh Supporters page to find out how.”

Why D.C. Dalgliesh Tartans are unique

D.C. Dalgliesh…

  • weave any tartan in short lengths (from four yards). Tartan enthusiasts want their own family tartan, not just the best-selling popular designs made by bigger mills. A single skirt or kilt can be woven in any tartan.

  • weave only on traditional shuttle looms giving fabrics a traditional natural or ‘kilting’ edge. This gives the ‘cut cloth’ bottom that an authentic kilt should always have, impossible to achieve on modern high-speed looms.

  • produce more densely-woven fabrics than the larger mills giving a more lustrous finish, crisper pleating and better durability than other kilts.

  • weave in heavier yarns than is normal elsewhere, for a premium quality. The mill uses 11oz wool for lightweight tartans where other mills typically use 9oz or 10oz, and 15oz for kilting tartans where the norm is 13oz.

  • weave not only pure new wool but also pure spun silk, making them the only specialist weaver of pure spun silk tartans

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