Border Tweed

Prince of Wales check tweed.

Tweed: Fashioned in the Borders

The University has recently loaned several pieces of tweed for the exhibition "Border Tweed: The story of the cloth that made the Borders famous" at the Textile Towerhouse, Tower Knowe, Hawick.

Curated by Fiona Anderson, Senior Curator of Dress and Textiles at the Museum of Scotland in conjunction with the Scottish Borders Museum Service, the exhibition traces the history of this iconic Scottish fabric.

The exhibition is in conjunction with her new publication on the history of tweed which features several images of early tweed from the University's collection. The exhibition will run until 22 March 2014 and Fiona is giving two talks on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 December on the history of tweed.

More information about the exhibition can be found here

The University's Collection

The Textile Collection at the Scottish Borders Campus contains a very large collection of tweed and woven woollen fabric from Scottish Borders mills from the 1830s to the present day.

Early pattern books include old and unique designs which are significant in showing the origins and development of the fabric, and more modern design interpretations from 1960s and 1970s such as Bernat Klein and E Y Johnston.

Other important collections include tartan from 1700 to the present day, Donald Brothers furnishing fabrics, printed and embroidered Scottish and international fabrics, Paisley shawls and costume.

All collections are available for research by appointment and to find out more contact us by e-mail at or phone 0131 451 3218, or look at our on-line catalogue