Fas­anta fes­ti­val shows it’s bang on trend

The Oban Times - - Review of the Year -

DUNOLLIE’S fourth an­nual Fas­anta tex­tile fes­ti­val and fash­ion show adorned Oban with trendy tweed, 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 a cat­walk in Oban’s Cor­ran Halls and guided tours of Dunollie’s his­toric cos­tumes.

Dunollie or­gan­ised a pri­mary school project where 100 pupils de­signed an out­fit for 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 the fash­ion show.

The show also dis­played the first weave of the 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.

A de­sign by Lu­cas McLeod of Achaleven Pri­mary School 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, wore her own de­sign ‘the gar­dener’s daugh­ter’ and Lochnell Pri­mary School pupil Emma Wood­cock’s maid cos­tume was worn by Jes­sica Main of Rock­field.

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