To train the next generation of kilt makers, improve the standard of traditional kilt making and to ensure that this long-established craft does not die out.
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The Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy are proud to announce our new course dates for 2018. We will be running three courses on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
These courses will run from:
4th September - 15th February
Until recently, kilt making methods remained the same for over a century. We are very passionate to keep this tradition alive. Unfortunately with cheap imports and a vast amount of machine made kilt-skirts in the market place, there is a real possibility that this historic trade may die out.
MEET OUR STUDENTS
"My gran is a seamstress, my mum worked with textiles – so it runs in my blood. "
James shares his thoughts on being a part of the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy after studying design and textiles at College.
"I’ve learned a lot. A lot of new things to learn because I’m not Scottish... so when I came here I didn’t know anything about kilts!"
Kiki tells all about studying at the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy after completing an apprenticeship as a tailor in her home country of Germany.
"I am going to start advertising myself as a kiltmaker as an addition to my bridalwear."
Joanne describes how her time at the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy will fit into her career as a bridalwear seamstress.
"I have a guest house with a website and I think I will add that there is now a Kiltmaker in residence!"
Catherine reveals what her experience has been like as part of the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy after years as an experienced clothing and shoe maker.
"I thought to myself “I don’t want to be stuck behind a computer” so this course is what I wanted to do… and here I am!"
Kirsty discusses how she found the course at the perfect time. Looking ahead she believes the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy has trained her for an exciting future career,
"I HAVE GROWN A REAL PASSION FOR SCOTLAND"
Hayley shares a quick insight into how the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy fits into her career at Visit Scotland:
"I joined the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy to learn traditional kilt making techniques. Currently I work for Visit Scotland which is the national tourist organisation so I have grown a real passion for Scotland. I just want to ensure that the traditions of Scotland are carried on into the next generation. I am on week 3 now, I am really enjoying it so far! I’m just about half way through my first kilt. It is a great experience!"
A QUALITY KILT STARTS WITH QUALITY MATERIALS...
The Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy would not be possible without support from quality manufacturers who share our values of excellence and craftsmanship. Lochcarron of Scotland and House of Edgar both support quality kilt making by providing the academy with discounted materials. To find out more information about these quality weavers click on their store names above.