Textiles in the Scottish Borders

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  • The Buy Design Gallery at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedbugh
    The Buy Design Gallery, Jedburgh
  • An exhibition room in the Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick
    The Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick

The Scottish Borders is often referred to as Scotland’s premier textile manufacturing region. Head to a number of attractions and shops in the Scottish Borders that produce and sell a wide range of textiles. Learn about the history and processes involved in the Scottish Borders textile industry before purchasing an item to take home.

The region’s textile industry stretches as far back as the 13th century and you can learn all about its fascinating history at the Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick. Discover how fabrics produced in the Scottish Borders, such as tartan, tweed, wool and cashmere, have made their way into the collections of the world’s top fashion houses including Chanel and Dior.

Pringle of Scotland, one of the world’s premier knitwear brands first opened and still operates its business in Hawick. Visit one of the town’s shops to treat yourself too one of its soft, chic pieces in its classic Argyle pattern. You can even buy a traditionally woven kilt from Lochcarron of Scotland in Selkirk which has dressed top Hollywood stars including Ewan McGregor and Samuel L Jackson.

Why not follow the Textile Trail which brings together some of the best textile attractions in Scotland? Start the trail in Peebles or Hawick and explore 10 textile companies, museums, visitor centres and factory outlets which celebrate the wonderful tweed and knitwear industry and heritage of the Scottish Borders.