Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Grassmarket Tartans began in 2011 as part of the Grassmarket Community Project. A talented member of the team took inspiration from the famous local story of Greyfriars Bobby and designed the Greyfriars Tartan. Discover more about Grassmarket Tartans, Greyfriars Tartan and the Grassmarket Community Project.
Greyfriars Tartan Scotty Dog in Greyfriars Kirk Yard ©MDHarding
Grassmarket Community Project
Grassmarket Community Project is a social enterprise born from a century old partnership between Greyfriars Kirk and the Grassmarket Mission in Edinburgh. It has transformed from a humble soup kitchen into a vibrant and inclusive community hub. Providing a safe and nurturing space for disadvantaged and vulnerable people where they can attend workshops, meet others and build up their skills and confidence.
Grassmarket Community project provides shelter and structure for those who need it. It is a sanctuary, with many regular members for whom it "feels like home".
Grassmarket Community Centre ©MDHarding
In 2011, a talented member of the Grassmarket Community Project's sewing group designed Greyfriars Tartan. In 2014 a tartan textile group was launched, where an in house tailor equips members with the skills required to create a range of beautiful handmade products.
Alongside making the products, members are undergoing a comprehensive textiles training program and working towards becoming more employable, while gaining valuable life skills such as improved communication and team work.
The tartan colours represent: