The Tasmanian Tartan's colours were inspired by the natural bushland surrounfing Bothwell. Image by Rudolf Ramseyer

The Tasmanian Tartan's colours were inspired by the natural bushland surrounfing Bothwell. Image by Rudolf Ramseyer

 
 

The Tasmanian Tartan...

 

...has taken Scottisch born Australian designer and weaver Isabella Shorrock on a journey of research, trial, error, frustration and eventual elation. From a dream in 1988 it took ten years before she was content with what she had produced.

Colours were inspired by the natural bushland typical of the landscape around Bothwell. Pinks and greens from the young and the dying leaves of the gum and the yellow of wattle flowers, she has created a truly enchanting Tartan.  Representative of birth and new beginnings and the cycle of life through to death, it is her homage to Tasmania, her adopted country.

The Tartan design was registered in Scotland in December 1998 and accredited in Scotland and Tasmania in February 1999. It is currently in private ownership and the BIHSIFF Committee wishes to thank Dot and Mike Evans for allowing us to incorporate the colours and design in our fresh new look.

 

Our fundraising campaign

 

In mid-2017, the rights to the Tasmanian Tartan came up for sale and the BIHSIFF Committee has debated whether or not to purchase the design. It was decided that keeping the Tasmanian Tartan in Tasmanian hands was of utmost importance, despite the substantial investment on our part, and a conditional offer was made in November that year.

 

The offer is subject to BIHSIFF being able to raise sufficient funds through donations from our community. If each of you can find on average just $10, we would achieve our goal in no time at all!