Greyfriars Tartan has its roots in the Grassmarket Community Project which started out as a partnership between Greyfriars Kirk and the Grassmarket Mission, in the late 1800s.
Since then, the Grassmarket Community Project has grown into a vibrant hub, a place for people to come and learn new skills, attend workshops, meet each other, eat together. It really is a community, with several regular members.
The community reaches out to people who are coping with mental or physical illness, or facing social exclusion, helping to build up their skills and self-confidence. In 2011, Paul, a talented member of the Grassmarket Community Project weaving group, took inspiration from the history of the area, particularly the story of Greyfriars Bobby, to design a tartan. And so it began.
Greyfriars Tartan has now been officially registered. It is currently being woven in Scotland, using 100% wool.
Our textiles group meet twice a week to work on creating beautiful items with this beautiful fabric. Here is what they have been working on the last few weeks: