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Mein Job/Dein Job - My Job/Your Job

In December 2019, EKA welcomed Bavarian television show Mein Job/Dein Job into the studio. Two of our EKA kiltmakers went over to Bavaria, Germany, to learn the craft of dirndl making; and two dirndl makers came over to Edinburgh to learn kiltmaking right here at EKA!

We thoroughly enjoyed having our guests with us for a week, as they got to grips with all things kilt! From pleating and hand sewing to travelling down to the mill, Lochcarron of Scotland, to learn more about tartan. Equally, our kiltmakers have to get to grips with lots of machine sewing and switch from working in menswear to traditional ladieswear. A fantastic week was had by all, making a great show in the process, and we can't wait to see the ladies again!

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust - 30th Anniversary Magazine

October 2020 saw the release of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust's 30th Anniversary publication, celebrating selected Scholars and Apprentices they have supported. EKA alumni, kiltmaker and, now, EKA tutor Emma is the first and only QEST Scholar for kiltmaking and received a wonderful feature in the magazine. She discussed her time at EKA, her work as a kiltmaker and role within Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers, as well as their shared vision for the future of the Highlandwear industry. 

It was privilege to be featured by the foremost organisation upholding excellence in British craftsmanship and supporting people as they work hard to forge heritage craft careers. Emma's funding and the ongoing support she receives from QEST has allowed her to grow very rapidly within the kiltmaking world!

Read a little more here.