Our Mill

OUR FAMILY OWNED MILL

Whilst studying textile design in London during the 1960’s, Anthony Haines began producing narrow hand-woven ties which were a hit with the fashion houses of the day, such as Simpsons, Aquascutum, Moss Bros and Burberry.

Soon the demand for the product allowed him to open his own mill in Selkirk, Scotland in 1975, which still produces his wonderful worsted and tweed ties to this day.

Breaking away from the traditional Scottish look, Anthony soon found a market for his classical designs for ladies and menswear tweed fabrics with Couture Houses, including Vivienne Westwood in London, and Christian Dior in Paris.

Knowing the importance of integrity in the tartan industry, Ingles Buchan always had their cloth woven at the Anthony Haines textile mill. The opportunity to buy the mill arose for Ingles Buchan textiles when Anthony Haines retired. To keep the thread of this incredible textile history together, Ingles Buchan owners, the Brown family, bought the mill in Selkirk and continue to exclusively weave their 600 tartans here to this day.

THE JOURNEY OF OUR TARTAN

The Wool

The best quality 100% pure new wool yarn is sourced through dedicated yarn merchants and delivered in the colour ecru. The yarn is dyed into over 100 different stock colours in Selkirk, from there it’s broken down into cones for each colour ready to weave.

THE JOURNEY OF OUR TARTAN

The Tartan

Each cone is positioned onto a bank, the tartan is then warped (the creation of the vertical stripes) according to the pattern. From here it’s introduced to the loom where the weft (the horizontal stripes) are woven through, forming the final tartan cloth.

THE JOURNEY OF OUR TARTAN

The Finished Product

The cloth is then finished (washed, steamed, pressed, brushed or teased) to achieve various different types of cloth. Rolls of the finished cloth are then meticulously cut into over 60 different products, in over 600 beautifully crafted tartans.