‘Declaration Tartan’ made by Bute firm

The team at Bute Fabrics present designer Steven Sim with the first bale of woven Declaration of Arbroath Tartan at the firm's mill in Barone Road.
The team at Bute Fabrics present designer Steven Sim with the first bale of woven Declaration of Arbroath Tartan at the firm's mill in Barone Road.

Island firm, Bute Fabrics, working in collaboration with an Arbroath-based designer, has unveiled its latest commission - the ‘Declaration Tartan’.

The tartan, designed to include representations of the Royal Standard of Scotland, the Scottish Saltire and the mythical Unicorn of Scotland, with many other associations to Scotland’s history, was launched on April 6, 2015, Tartan Day, and the 695th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.

The ‘Declaration Tartan’, woven as 10oz, 13oz and 16oz fabrics, was developed in collaboration with Bute Fabrics from September 2014, resulting in its registration and ratification as an official tartan by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Register of Tartans on December 1, 2014.

The Declaration Tartan is a new commemorative tartan for Scotland, celebrating a timeline of Scotland’s past, present, and in time, its future.

Speaking at Bute Fabrics’ mill, Mr Sprint said: “We’ve been delighted to work again with The Tartan Artisan from sourcing unique yarn colours, hand weaving samples, and all stages of production through to the realisation today of completed bales of beautiful fabric.”

Mr Sim, the designer of the Declaration tartan, added: “I happily thank Bute’s staff for making this possible, it was a pleasure to work with the team.

“The Isle of Bute’s fine historical connections to King Robert the Bruce make it the perfect choice for this tartan to be woven, its design already having captured the imagination of thousands on social media.”