Wishart marks Fashion Revolution Week

22 Apr 2024
Beatrice Wishart shows a cloth with a map of Scotland on it with a button she sewed onto Shetland

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart has marked Fashion Revolution Week by attending an interactive stand in the Scottish Parliament hosted by Fashion Revolution Scotland.

Wishart sewed a fish-shaped button next to Shetland on a fabric map of Scotland.

Fashion Revolution Scotland highlighted sustainable textile businesses to MSPs in their local area.

Ms Wishart has been working with local groups about the future use of the textile facilitation unit at UHI Shetland which, along with the loss of the Contemporary Textiles course, has caused concern with local businesses and designers. Wishart has repeatedly raised the situation facing the textile and knitwear sectors in Shetland in the chamber.

Ms Wishart said:

“I welcome the work of Fashion Revolution Scotland and their innovative way of highlighting their campaign to MSPs.

“Shetland is a world hub of activity for knitwear and what could be more sustainable than Shetland wool?

“The demand for Shetland knitwear, produced in Shetland, knows no bounds while Shetland Wool Week is an embodiment of the culture, history and future of the sector.

“The loss of the textiles course and issues with the textile facilitation unit risks us losing something special.”


Notes to Editors

Ms Wishart’s previous questions to the Scottish Government about the textiles course and issues with the textile facilitation unit can be seen here and here.

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