Our Tartan Group
Grassmarket Tartans is part of our members activity programme, which provides a space for vulnerable people who come to be part of a community, grow in confidence and enjoy genuine friendships.
In 2011, a talented member of our community took inspiration from the famous local story of Greyfriars Bobby and the Kirk’s history, and designed Greyfriars Tartan. In 2014 we started a tartan textiles members’ group. Members of this group create a beautiful range of handmade products, developing new practical skills, such as sewing and pattern cutting, and gaining valuable life skills including working and communicating as part of a team. This helps our vulnerable members increase their employability and ability to engage with and contribute to wider society.
We make our range of gifts using the Greyfriars tartan, along with carefully selected complimentary materials. We also make products from tartans and other materials kindly donated to our community. If you would like us to make something for you out of another particular tartan, or if you have materials you would like to donate, please contact us to discuss.
We have fulfilled orders for a wide range of customers all over the world. Our tartan Scotty dogs and sashes have been given as diplomatic gifts by Scotland’s First Minister in South Africa and South Korea. The talented Kilted Yogi and community friend Finlay Wilson wears one of our Greyfriars tartan kilts.
If you would like to join our community and enjoy learning about working with textiles, find out more here.