Dundee City East MSP, Shona Robison, has given her full support to the deaf community’s official tartans. Ms Robison met with Alana Harper, Chief Executive of Dundee based charity, Deaflinks, to see the new officially registered tartans and also get an update on the hard work carried out by the organisation working with and on behalf of the deaf community throughout Dundee, Perth & Angus.

The tartans, one for British Sign Language and the other for BSL Scotland were designed by professional tartan designer, Ashleigh Slater of Breacan Caledonia in Blairgowrie and have been registered with the official Scottish Register of Tartans and Intellectual Property Office.

The charity, who intend to set-up a small social enterprise marketing the tartans, have now began fund raising to purchase the first woven cloth of each tartan for making scarfs, skirts and kilts for marketing worldwide.

Ms Robison, who has also lodged a Motion at the Scottish Parliament said:

“I am delighted to support the local deaf community and Deaflinks’ hard work to commission, design and register the two tartans in celebration of their empowerment, language, the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, and the deaf community’s culture.

“The designs were chosen solely by the grassroots deaf community in Tayside and beyond with two clear favourites emerging from the consultation.

“Since the official launch, volunteers from Deaflinks have been selling items with the tartans at the Tayside Deaf Hub in Brown Street, at events and the charity shop in the Wellgate Centre.

“As soon as the first woven cloth of the tartans have been manufactured and marketed, I am positive these unique tartan items will be sold worldwide with the profits made used to help fund the Deaf-led, co-produced services and activities within Deaf Links and Tayside Deaf Hub.” ENDS


Shona Robison MSP’s motion: “That the Parliament congratulates the Deaf Community in Tayside and the work of Deaflinks in Dundee, in choosing and officially registering tartans for British Sign Language and BSL Scotland as a celebration of their language, the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, their empowerment and culture; so that the Parliament recognises that these tartans will be marketed, worldwide, through a small social enterprise with the profits used to fund the Deaf-led, co-produced services and activities within Deaf Links and Tayside Deaf Hub.”

Attached picture left to right: Shona with Deaflinks’ Chief Executive, Alana Harper.

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