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Traditional skills on show at craft day

Proving that traditional crafts and skills are still very much alive on Arran, the annual craft day at the Arran Heritage Museum hosted a variety of local groups who put on a variety of demonstrations in the garden.

The Arran Spinners, Weavers and Dyers held a demonstration of how freshly-sheared wool goes through the processes of being coloured, traditionally spun and then turned into yarn that can then be woven or knitted into a variety of garments. The newly woven tweed is then ‘waulked’, another traditional skill which has since been replaced by machines but which was demonstrated by a group of Gaelic singers who soaked and thumped the material as they rhythmically sung and worked the tweed, allowing the colours to bed in and also helping to make it supple.

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