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Parliament picks official tartan

Parliament tartan
Teri Scott designed the tartan which won the competition to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Scottish Parliament

A textiles student in the Borders has won the competition to design the first official Scottish Parliament tartan.

Teri Scott, who studies at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels, but comes from Leven in Fife, took the top prize.

She said she was "incredibly proud" that her design had been chosen with its collection of "heather tones and vibrant thistle colours".

Her reward is a length of the finished tartan and a place at the parliament's 10th birthday event on 1 July.

Runners-up in the competition were fellow Heriot-Watt student Ruth Duff, from Strathaven, and Cardonald College's Stephen Swinney, from Glasgow.

I would describe the tartan as being a fusion of modern design with traditional qualities
Teri Scott

Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson said the quality of the entries showed the "outstanding potential and talent amongst Scotland's design students".

"The winning entry is a unique design consisting of purples and greens," he said.

"I hope that this first official tartan will become one which both MSPs and members of the public will enjoy wearing in the years to come."

Ms Scott said she had been influenced by her surroundings.

Tartan register

"My inspiration was taken from the Year of Homecoming, a collection of heather tones and vibrant thistle colours taken from Scotland's beautiful landscape," she said.

"I would describe the tartan as being a fusion of modern design with traditional qualities."

It was woven by Perth-based kiltmakers and weavers, Macnaughton Holdings Limited.

The production of the winning cloth into a clothing garment will be completed in time for the presiding officer to wear at celebrations on 1 July.

The new tartan will also be registered with the new Scottish Tartans Register as the official Scottish Parliament tartan.



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