A ‘Declaration’ is made

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An Arbroath designer has received the first batch of his new tartan which he hopes will have a cultural resonance.

Steven Patrick Sim, the Tartan Artisan, was on the Isle of Bute last week to visit Bute Fabrics’ mill which had woven his latest creation, ‘The Declaration of Independence, 1320’.

The design of the ‘Declaration’ encompasses a broad sweep of Scottish history, mythos and culture, each and every thread and colour has a special significance, from commemorating the Year of Homecoming to Robert The Bruce and the spider, to Scotland’s unicorn.

It has been precisely a year since he was inspired to create the tartan and it was registered on the observance of St Andrew’s Day, on December 1, by a motion from the Scottish Government.

Since ‘The Declaration’ was officially launched on Monday, fittingly Tartan Day, it has reached nearly 9,000 people across the world and attracted almost 500 likes.

Steven said: “During my visit to the mill on Thursday I got to see the tartan for the first time and had a tour of the mill. The tartan was finished so they opened a bale up for me to look at.

“Historic Scotland also gave me permission to do a photoshoot with the tartan at Rothesay Castle, which is a fantastic old ruin a bit like Arbroath Abbey.

“The tartan is relevant to Arbroath, in some ways it’s more significant than the Red Lichtie tartan for Arbroath because it goes back to the 1320 Declaration, but this is relevant to all of Scotland, it’s like a big brother to the Red Lichtie.”

Managing director of Bute Fabrics’ mill James MacAdam 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.”

Steven Patrick Sim is the creator of a number of tartans with special significance which have been well-received by the public. You can find out more about his work by ‘liking’ The Tartan Artisan on Facebook.