Nothing says Christmas is in the air for me, more than the sound of Mariah Carey singing ‘ all I want for Christmas’ and the smell and taste of mulled wine or hot mead.
It is rare to find genuine Scottish textiles on the Royal Mile, but anyone who is a fan of Scottish textiles such as lace, linen, tweed all made in Scotland will be thrilled by the treasure trove at The Scottish Textiles Showcase at the back of The Tron Kirk, 122 High Street, Royal Mile EH1 1QS .
I was shown the delights by owner, Kitty Bruce-Gardyne who opened this first curated shop of Scottish textiles just last year. As a maker herself Kitty has been a long term champion of Scotland’s rich textiles heritage and was keen to share her passion for a story which remains a best kept secret and physically off the beaten track. From the Scottish Borders in the south to the far flung islands of the Outer Hebrides in the west and Shetland in the north the Scottish textiles story is rich and varied. From tartan to tweed, and linen to lace Scotland’s textiles are in a class of their own and have gained a world wide reputation for excellence.