A bespoke tartan has been created to help raise essential funds for Scotland’s conservation.
Bespoke Highland tartan designer and creator, Prickly Thistle teamed up with the National Trust for Scotland to create the new tartan in support of the conservation charity’s emergency fundraising appeal.
The Save Our Scotland tartan has today been officially listed by the Scottish Register of Tartans.
Save Our Scotland was launched by the Trust last month after it announced a loss of essential income of £28m caused by Covid 19 lockdown measures.
The emergency appeal aims to raise at least £2.5m to help the Trust continue its vital work to protect Scotland’s built and natural heritage.
The tartan comes in two limited edition colour palettes that represent the charity’s past and future.
The blue, green, brown and grey tones woven into the Hands of the Past tartan embody the land and buildings that the National Trust for Scotland protects.
The Hands of the Future tartan has red tones to represent the love for the treasured places and spaces that the National Trust for Scotland cares for and the passion shown by supporters for the Save Our Scotland campaign.
Clare Campbell, founder and co-owner of Prickly Thistle, said: “As soon as I saw the Save Our Scotland appeal, I knew I wanted to help somehow.
“As the Trust are not only protectors of sites such as the Culloden Battlefield, a place of incredible significance to the tartan story for Scotland, there was an important story that we could literally help weave into the Trust’s narrative for the future.
“This project and its purpose means so much to us – above all, I hope it helps people take a moment to think about the fabric of everything and how they can influence positive change.
Only 2,020 metres of bespoke tartan will be woven and all profits will go to the Save Our Scotland appeal.
Encouraging creativity and zero waste, Prickly Thistle has created a set of DIY craft ideas. Buyers will receive step-by-step instructions to make cushion covers, tote bags, aprons and even a kilt from the fabric.
The design can only be bought from Prickly Thistle’s special collection page here.
For more information about the Save Our Scotland appeal click here.