The creation of the Scottish Centre of Textiles has come a step closer after stakeholders confirmed the new organisation would be based in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders.
Scottish MP Michael Moore has been working with local textiles producers, Borders College, Heriot-Watt University and project leaders, Hamish Carruthers and Alisdaire Lockhart to bring the SCOT project to the Borders.
The project leaders are now on the hunt for a specific building to house the centre.
The next stage of the project will see the establishment of the Scottish National Textile Archive. The archive will seek to further enhance the reputation of Scottish textiles manufacturing and add to the tourist and professional footfall to the Borders.
Moore said: “Ever since I heard about the possibility of a Scottish Centre of Textiles, I have been campaigning to ensure that it is located in the Borders where 80% of the textile industry of Scotland is based.
“Here in the Borders we have a world-class textiles industry and this centre has the potential to further enhance its reputation as well as boosting local tourism.
“I now look forward to working with the project leaders, our local textile industry and Heriot-Watt University to put in place the first stage of the project to establish a Scottish National Textile Archive which will bring together historic and contemporary textile collections produced in Scotland, for the public and global researchers to enjoy.”