Unveiling of Shire’s first official tartan

Tartan designer Donna Wilson with Provost Jill Webster
Tartan designer Donna Wilson with Provost Jill Webster

Aberdeenshire’s first official tartan was unveiled at a special ceremony last Friday at Haddo House.

The Aberdeenshire Tartan: Home Colours is the product of a partnership between internationally-acclaimed, Banff born textile designer Donna Wilson and local school children who teamed up to create a design inspired by Aberdeenshire’s stunning natural beauty.

With its attractive blend of colours the tartan is now being gifted to the people of Aberdeenshire and will also form the central theme in a range of new products designed to promote the area both at home and abroad.

Donna, who is now based in London, spent a week working with children from each of Aberdeenshire’s six areas in order to select a Home Colour that best represented the area they lived.

She also spoke to pupils about her work as a professional designer, selling knitted products and furnishings in 30 countries worldwide, giving them a chance to hear from a creative professional from the local area who has risen to global success in her chosen career.

The schools involved were Dales Park, Peterhead; Aboyne School, Marr; Kintore School, Garioch; Lochpots School, Banff and Buchan; Meldrum Primary, Formartine, and Mill O’Forest Primary, Kincardine and Mearns.

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster, who formally unveiled the design, said: “A new tartan is an exciting project and I am delighted with the final design. The pupils involved can be proud of what they’ve helped Donna create and I know it will serve Aberdeenshire well for years to come.”

Donna added: “I’m thrilled with the positive feedback we’ve received so far. To be a true Aberdeenshire tartan, the design needed to have input from local people to find out what colours really represented the area and who better to do that than our young people? I loved working with them and hope that being part of a process like this will inspire them to think about the possibilities of a career in the creative industries.”