OF THE WORLD'S LAST TRADITIONAL WEAVING MILLS
C. Dalgliesh is one of the last specialist mills
weaving only quality authentic tartans in pure
new wool or silk, using traditional Flying Shuttle
Looms, some of which are around a century old!
tartans today are produced on high speed 'jet'
or 'rapier' looms - taking their name from the
high speed yarn 'injection' from one side only.
Operation is computer controlled, and efficient,
as weft yarn is fed continuously into the machine.
This process means each thread in the weft is
cut on each side. These cut threads, are then
'tucked' into the weave creating what is known
as a tuck-in selvedge. This creates a somewhat
thicker edge to the tartan (usually straighter
also), and although not considered an authentic
tartan edge by a traditionalist ...is more than
acceptable to the majority of tartan lovers. This
technique is one utilised by Lochcarron of Scotland
(the primary mill I use to weave my tartans),
however, for the purists looking for a traditional,
and authentic weave ...D. C. Dalgliesh offers
an age old alternative!
D. C. Dalgliesh uses only traditional looms, which
operate much slower than the modern computerised
looms used by the majority of other mills. Wooden
'flying shuttles' move backwards and forwards,
and are stopped regularly allowing the weaver
to replenish or change the bobbin pirn inside
the shuttle that holds and dispenses the yarn.
This results in the weft yarn woven as a continuous
looping thread, never being cut. This gives their
tartans the authentic natural edge (or 'kilting
characteristic of our tartans gives an authentic
weave, and our tailored kilts will be appreciated
by the true lover of Scottish tradition."
tailored by D. C. Dalgliesh are made with a traditional
natural or kilting selvedge ...retaining the distinctive
cut-edge look, that is seen in a traditional kilt.
D. C. Dalgliesh tartans also have a dense weave
resulting in a superfine and luxurious finish
...and an extremely durable fabric.
This method of production will come at a cost,
but if it is your preference D. C. Dalgliesh can
offer the traditional option for you.
you are looking for a traditional tartan, or tailored
garment, I'll design your tartan while working
along with D. C. Dalgliesh, ensuring if you commission
your tartan to be woven you'll recieve a truly
authentic Scottish product.
using my tartan design service, at the Tartan
Artisan, you can order as little as one single
kilt with D. C. Dalgliesh!