Fas­anta fes­ti­val shows it’s right on trend

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

DUNOL­LIE’S fourth an­nual Fas­anta tex­tile fes­ti­val and fash­ion show adorned Oban with trendy tweed and cas­tle chic, and a new Firth of Lorn scarf.

The Fas­anta fes­ti­val, named af­ter the Gaelic for ‘fash­ion­able’, ex­plores and cel­e­brates Scot­land’s tex­tile her­itage, and was in­spired by Dunol­lie House’s in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion of 200 cos­tumes and tex­tiles dat­ing back four cen­turies, un­earthed in 2011. The three-day fes­ti­val, run­ning from Fri­day to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21-23, fea­tured stalls, work­shops, pre­sen­ta­tions and cat­walk in Oban’s Cor­ran Halls, and guided tours of Dunol­lie’s his­toric cos­tumes.

Talk sub­jects in­cluded em­broi­dered bed hang­ings by the Na­tional Mu­seum’s tex­tiles cu­ra­tor Naomi Tar­rant, de­sign­ing the new Cowal Tweed, and a ‘pechakuca’ (‘chit-chat’ in Ja­panese) by Ardalan­ish Weav­ing Mill. Work­shops taught hand weav­ing, Dorset but­ton mak­ing, and Cather­ine Gil­lies’s ‘wild chem­istry les­son’ used nat­u­ral dyes such as lung­wort, mad­der and bram­ble. A Scot­tish sewing bee up­cy­cled old tweed clothes from char­ity shops and mod­elled them on the cat­walk.

At an­other work­shop en­ti­tled Shar­ing Yarns: Ja­cobean Em­broi­dery, Dorie Wilkie, lead stitcher of the Pre­ston­pans Ta­pes­try and Great Ta­pes­try of Scot­land, showed how to use her patch kits based of the rare 17th-cen­tury bed-hang­ing dis­cov­ered in Dunol­lie’s at­tic.

Dunol­lie also or­gan­ised a pri­mary school project where 100 pupils de­signed a char­ac­ter who might live in Dunol­lie Cas­tle, such as jesters, knights and cooks. The three win­ning draw­ings, by Lu­cas McLeod, Edie El­liott and Emma Wood­cock, were made into out­fits and mod­elled at Satur­day’s Fas­anta fash­ion show.

Both of cat­walk’s themes this year, trendy in tweed and cas­tle chic, cham­pi­oned up­cy­cled cos­tumes. The Oban Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute won the cas­tle chic cat­e­gory for their dresses fash­ioned from ties, scarves and crisp pack­ets, while Bar­cal­dine Tex­tiles and Tea picked up both the trendy in tweed and au­di­ence choice. Es­ther Wil­liams from the Scot­tish sewing bee won the judge’s choice, for mod­el­ling her man’s jacket re­cy­cled into a skirt and cropped jacket.

The fash­ion show also dis­played the first weave of the brand new Lorn Tweed. Dunol­lie held an open de­sign com­pe­ti­tion in 2015 to de­velop a tex­tile in­spired by the Brooch of Lorn. The win­ning de­sign by lo­cal artist Jen­nifer Shaw has now in­spired a scarf, made by Oban weaver Mar­i­lyn Drum­mond, which will be known as the Firth of Lorn scarf and wo­ven by the Dunol­lie Weavers’ Group. The pat­tern will then be de­vel­oped into a Firth of Lorn tweed, ready for the cat­walk in 2017. All ticket pro­ceeds from this year’s fash­ion show were do­nated to the North Ar­gyll Young Car­ers’ Cen­tre.

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Dress de­signs by Oban’s Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute won the cas­tle chic award, worn by, left to right, Jac­que­line Cullen and Claire Smal­ley.

15_T44_ Fas­an­ta_ 09_ Pri­mary School win­ning cos­tumes and de­sign­ers

Left to right: Lu­cas McLeod of Con­nel’s Achaleven Pri­mary School’s de­sign was worn by Liam By­ers of Rock­field Pri­mary School; Dunol­lie’s com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Me­lanie Davies made two of the cos­tumes and pre­sented the prizes; Edie El­liott of Rock­field, wear­ing her own de­sign ‘the gar­dener’s daugh­ter’; Lochnell Pri­mary School pupil Emma Wood­cock’s maid cos­tume was worn by Jessica Main of Rock­field.

15_T44_ Fas­an­ta_ 011_ Firth of Lorn Tweed

15_T44_ Fas­an­ta_ 05_ A Scot­tish Sewing Bee Left to right: Es­ther Wil­liams, Au­drey Wal­ton and Sue Baker.

15_T44_ Fas­an­ta_ 04_em­broi­dery work­shop

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