Scotland offers a host of iconic textiles. Well known for our unrivalled creativity, innovation and collaboration, the textiles sector in Scotland has a great track record on the international stage.

Over 150 countries

Scotland exports textiles to more than 150 countries worldwide

exports worth £360 million

Scottish textiles exports represent 1.1% of Scotland's total international exports, 2018

£3.5 million R&D investment

The strategy has a £3.5 million target for investment on research and development in Scottish textiles by 2020

Source: Scottish Economic Statistics, Scottish Enterprise February 2020

A truly world-leading industry

Huge global brands such as Chanel source textiles from Scotland and seek Scottish expertise. No matter where you are in the world, we're here to help you find opportunities and partners in Scottish textiles.

Scotland's top textiles exports 

Scottish textiles exports are broad ranging, including:

  • Knitwear - cashmere and lambswool
  • Woven fabrics - including tartans and tweed
  • Leather - for high-end use
  • Lace
  • Technical and industrial textiles

Unique talent, innovation and capability

Watch a video with May Poon and Michael Crosby (principle designers at Wilson Associates) describing the unique variety of Scottish textiles and the talent, innovation and capability of Scottish textiles manufacturers.

“I think Scottish people are driven by what we can do better, we're driven by a pride in producing products of a very, very high calibre and it's not just about the heritage, it's about what we are doing now and how we can do it better”.

Mark Hogarth, creative director for Harris Tweed Hebrides

Made in Scotland

Textiles for fashion, interiors and technical use. Watch our video trailer, showcasing some of Scotland's textile capabilities, and the top designers sourcing Scottish expertise

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