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Textiles & Tartan treats for Towerhouse opening

Live Borders’ popular Borders Textile Towerhouse is reopening with a special focus on the town’s textile industry past and present.

A 4-star visitor attraction, Borders Textile Towerhouse gives visitors a unique insight into the region’s renowned knitwear and tweed manufacturing history. Exclusive displays of fashion, artifacts, photographs and film will bring to life over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the local woolen industries.

To celebrate the reopening visitors will be able to visit ‘Made by Pringle’, an exhibition charting the company’s design history, and also meet the designer of the celebrated, locally made Hawick Tartan.

Around 100 years on since Pringle were launching their iconic Argyle pattern, the Hawick Tartan is just one of many products still being made in the town.

The Hawick Tartan designer Robin Deas will be visiting the shop with a range of tartan products including their newly produced pleated face masks. Tins of the famous Hawick Balls, which features the tartan on the tin, will be on offer for the opening weekend.

This is the first of many ‘meet the maker’ events to be scheduled throughout the year, where visitors will be able to get special deals on locally produced gifts.

Live Borders Museum & Galleries Curator Shona Sinclair said:

“Meet the Maker has been developed in place of our popular annual Makers Market which usually takes place in November. Each week we will host a small number of craft makers or artists who will be in the museum with their hand crafted products, made by each of them here in the Scottish Borders.

“It is important for us to support our local crafters and makers, inviting them into the museum to share their work is valuable way of doing this. It also means that visitors can get some Christmas shopping ideas in a safe and attractive environment.”

Entry to the Textile Towerhouse is free but advance booking is essential, find out more about tickets and current exhibitions HERE.

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