Local company, Bute Fabrics, has cause to celebrate after announcing that orders taken by the firm for 100 percent wool tartans, woven in its mill on the island, have totalled in excess of £100,000.
Since the launch in 2013, Bute Fabrics has woven custom tartan in quantities as small as 50 linear metres for The Society of William Wallace, The Enable Charity, St Mirren Corporate, the Newlands family, Apollo 9’s 50th anniversary, RAF Kinloss, and Dunans Castle restoration, amongst many others. Working with Ken MacDonald of Houston’s Kiltmakers in Paisley, Bute Fabrics has also woven the Bute Heather range of tartans using colours to reflect the colours of the island. Ken is a long time fan of the Isle of Bute and owns a home at Kilchattan bay.
The custom tartans sit alongside the brand new and very contemporary Stuart of Bute tartans held in stock, named after island farms including those where Bute Fabrics employees live, like Edinbeg and Ballycurrie. These new colours can be seen on the website by clicking here.
The appeal of tartan is global; recently an architect in Gothenburg specified the Ardroscadale tartan for an aparthotel in Stockholm, producing an order value worth £20,000 to Bute Fabrics. The Clan Chief of Stuart of Bute was particularly enthusiastic and put his weight not only behind this product launch but also the initiatives being taken by the Scottish Tartans Authority to push for protection for the term Scottish Tartan.
In fact the demand for tartan has been so high that Bute Fabrics has already made a significant capital investment and ordered an additional loom. Due to arrive shortly in the mill, the new loom offers significantly more design options as well as doubling capacity for tucked-edge tartan. This tucked-edge technical competency is proving very attractive to tailors as the fabric already has a completely finished hem which saves them a complete operation when making kilts and garments.
James MacAdam Sprint, Managing Director at Bute Fabrics said “It’s very pleasing to know that the global market is responding so well to our offer of the highest quality woven fabrics at fair prices.
“This will help secure even more jobs for longer at Bute Fabrics”.