Kiltmaker encourages next generation to be future of textile trade

John Culbert
John Culbert

A Motherwell-based champion of Scotland’s fashion and textile industry has issued a rallying call to encourage school pupils to become part of the next generation of those behind the trade.

John Culbert (pictured), director of Glenisla Kilts, will promote career options within the textile industry at the Stitch in Time festival in Dumfries House, Ayrshire, on Thursday, June 25.

Glenisla Kilts, whose extensive client portfolio includes The Royal Regiment of Scotland, are set to participate in the festival alongside some of the biggest names in fashion, including world-famous designer Christopher Kane from Newarthill.

John said: “I started working in the textile trade when I was 15 years old and, nearly 50 years later, I’m still here so I definitely feel like it’s in my blood.

“I’m really grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had through working in the industry and so I feel duty-bound to encourage young people to keep the industry alive.

“We make bespoke kilts so our workers are not simply churning out products. They are working on high-quality, detailed items and get a sense a pride from working on them.

“I’m optimistic about the future and we’re really looking forward to attending Stitch in Time, where secondary school pupils will be able to find out more about the textile industry through panel discussions, practical workshops and demonstrations by industry leaders.”

Kenneth Dunsmuir, administrative director of Dumfries House, added: “We will be delighted to welcome Glenisla Kilts along with more than 300 school pupils and some of the biggest names in the fashion and textile industry.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for young people with a passion for traditional skills to meet some influential people in the industry.”

The event is open to secondary school age children providing they are accompanied and RSVP in advance to