Fri 17 May 19
For the first time, Culross village in the West of Fife is to have its own official tartan.
Designed in collaboration with Greengate Gallery owner and jeweller, Lindsey Marchant and Wee County weaver, Claire Hunter of Taffled Threads, this beautiful new handwoven tartan has been inspired by the unique historic and picturesque royal burgh of Culross, steeped in heritage and folklore.
Culross is believed to have been founded by St Serf in the 6th century and has long been a place of pilgrimage, with the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey high on the hill. Later, in the 16th and 17th century, it became famous as a bustling trading port under the direction of Sir George Bruce, and much of its unique architecture and cobbled streets stem from this era. Although it fell into disrepair during the Victorian era, from the 1930s onwards, the National Trust for Scotland has been instrumental in restoring the village to its original glory. It is now a popular destination with tourists and is famed for its use as a film location in the Outlander series for example.
Lindsey Marchant said, “we’re so excited to be launching this special new tartan for Culross. It’s such a unique place to live and work, and we wanted to celebrate the many inspirational elements of its location and important heritage with a tartan that perfectly captures the timeless essence of the village.”
Claire Hunter of Taffled Threads added, “we’ve created a contemporary Scottish tartan with its roots firmly in the past. The blues and greens of the tartan reflect the village’s stunning estuary setting on the Firth of Forth, while the gold, red, brown and black shades were chosen to echo the various distinctive architectural features of the village, including the famous ochre Culross Palace with its period garden, characterful wrought iron gates and pan-tiled roofs.”
The Culross tartan will be launched on May 17th and can be purchased exclusively at the Greengate Gallery in the historic Sandhaven area of the village.