A North-east woman’s business is booming after she received the royal seal of approval.
Araminta Campbell has transformed her inspiration – the Royal Deeside countryside – into bags and accessories loved by none other than the Duchess of Rothesay, Camilla.
At 14 years old, the young designer discovered her love for traditional hand weaving when she took a GCSE textile class, going on to pursue a degree in embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University.
After graduating in 2011, she went on to set up her own business in 2014, initially designing and producing one-off alpaca scarfs and shawls from her original handmade 1960s looms.
Now, as one of the UK’s only remaining traditional hand weavers, the successful 28-year-old sells her pieces to the masses from her Edinburgh-based store.
Araminta said her designs are a new take on the traditional Scottish textiles.
She said: “Nowadays people don’t know where the inspiration comes from, but with my designs you can see Scotland, like in my River Dee tweed.
“I think sometimes Scottish textile isn’t noticed, or it’s become mundane, but I have a tweed sporting background so it’s special to me.”
The designer also sees her craft as a way of preserving Scottish heritage.
She said: “I also think it’s important to support the rural industry rather than importing from abroad.
“Importing takes away from getting to know the people at the mills.”
The North-east designer has now announced she will be providing apprenticeship opportunities to those interested in training up their weaving skills, keeping the art’s skill alive.
Araminta has also worked extensively with the Glen Tanar Estate – redesigning their family tweed.
Claire Bruce of Glen Tanar Estate said: “Her final design was incredibly close to the estate’s original 1940s tweed, which was unearthed some months after she was commissioned to design the new one, which we love.”