In my desire to get to know more about the Scottish textile world, I had come across some beautiful tartan, tweeds, and scarves up in Braemar at the Fife Arms. The Fife Arms recently reopened as both a luxury boutique hotel and the Flying Stag bar for food and drink. It is exquisitely furnished and the friendly staff put me on to Araminta Campbell, based in Edinburgh to get in touch.
After reaching out on Instagram, they invited me to come down to their place in Edinburgh, down in Leith, for a chat.
Walking into the building, I am greeted by wagging tails (of the dogs) and a tapestry adorned with feathers woven into the fabric by the front door. I was taken straight through to meet the team in the weaving room and see the looms with their current projects on them.
Working with the natural colours present in Alpaca wool from the UK, they weave beautiful, bespoke items from scarves, shawls, pillow cases, to bedspreads. The latter can take up to three and a half weeks to make by hand!
Embracing traditional craftsmanship and timeless design, Araminta Campbell and her team specialise in one-
off luxurious handwoven British alpaca accessories, exceptional textiles that express Scotland’s natural beauty and weaving heritage. In conversation with Minta, she told me the stories of Fingal’s Cave and the black rocks woven into this shawl.
Find out more about them and their mission to source UK materials for Scottish products. Also, be sure to check out all of the information about their ranges and if you can, book a visit to their base in Edinburgh. It is well worth the trip!