Visitor Centre Cashmere Shop, Hawick, Scotland

This afternoon, I joined a tour of Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Mill in Hawick, Scottish Borders.

Historically, the Scottish Borders region has been a centre for textile production. Although much capacity has been lost there remains a core number of manufactures in operation of which there are seven in Hawick alone.

The Johnstons Hawick mill is a sister to that operating in Elgin, near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

The raw material is combed by hand from the downy undercoat of the Cashmere goat in Mongolia and other countries such as Nepal.

On arrival at Elgin, the material is dyed, teased, carded and spun by skilled craftspeople using latest technology machinery. In total, Johnstons employ about 700 people in Elgin and Hawick.

Johnstons produce a wide range of luxury products including scarves, gloves, socks, jumpers, cardigans and skirts which can be sourced from the Hawick Visitor Centre shop.

The tour lasted about 45 mins and was most instructive.

Manufacturing Cashmere Products at Hawick

Manufacturing Cashmere at Hawick

Spools of thread at Hawick

Producing scarves at Hawick

Production area at Hawick

Spools of thread at Hawick

Finished product at Hawick

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