Scotland has been associated with
the textile industry since the latter part of the Industrial Revolution. In the
mid-19th century, the predominant industries were cotton, wool, linen, and
silk. The country’s major imports at that time were raw materials for the
cotton and linen mills.
After the American Revolution, the cotton industry dominated the Scottish economy for the next 100 years in Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. The wool industry was primarily concentrated along the Scottish borders. Long, multi-floored stone mills adorn the banks of the River Tweed to the south of Borthwick Castle and the Luxury Scotland properties of Edinburgh, and make these locations an ideal base for touring this historic part of Scotland.
The profitable weaving segment of the textile industry was largely responsible for the growth of the town of Paisley and shown in the legacy of the famous Paisley Patterns, many of which can be seen at the Paisley Museum in the town centre. As part of an ongoing effort to transform Paisley into one of Scotland’s top destinations, the prestigious French fashion brand Hermès will add seven versions of the Paisley pattern to its spring/summer 2019 collections.
The textile industry of today’s Scotland has shifted to smaller scale, specialist production, with a few exceptions. The success stories of wool mills such as Harris Tweed owe their continued prosperity to smart business moves and a knowledge of Scottish heritage and history. As you tour Scotland in the comfort of your Little’s chauffeur driven car, you will undoubtedly come across small textile businesses which today helps keep local communities alive.
The prevalence of potters, artists, wood turners, and innovative craftsmen ensure that no journey will pass without the opportunity to stop and shop. Of course, no visit to Scotland would be complete without at least a small foray into the world of tartan. Whether researching your own family’s tartan or looking for a cashmere scarf as a souvenir, you will be sure to find something to remember your trip by.
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