Fasanta Festival of Textiles and Fashion

About Fasanta

Fasanta is inspired by the incredible  collection of at least 2000 items of costume and textile dating from 1610 to the 1950's, which were unearthed at Dunollie House in 2011 and are now part of the Dunollie Collection.

Fasanta means 'Fashionable' in Gaelic.

The focus of the festival is to bring together the community, textile enthusiasts, makers, organisations and industry professionals to explore and celebrate Scotland's fascinating textile heritage and its relevance to today's fashion industry.

Fasanta Origins

Fasanta was created in 2013 to launch Dunollie's re-woven ancient pre-clan tartan, now registered as Dalriada Tartan.

This precious tartan was discovered hanging as curtains in Dunollie House in 2010.

The festival explored the history of tartan and its enduring influence on fashion across the world.

Since then, Fasanta has adopted a new focus for each festival and has celebrated Tapestry, Jewels of History, Tweed and will be returning in 2018 to spotlight "Patterns of Scotland"

Workshop and Talks

Over the duration of the festival, Fasanta hosts a varied range of workshops and presentations by Textile experts and local crafters.

Past workshops have included Jacobean Embroidery, Natural Dying, Pattern Cutting, Peg Loom Weaving and Tambour Beading and many more.


The workshops are set at different skill levels so experienced crafters and absolute beginners can come along and try something new.

Presentations industry professionals to come along and share their knowledge and experiences with festival goers.


Fasanta aims to provide creative opportunities for the local community to come along and enjoy.

This includes the Fasanta Fashion Show, Dunollie Drawing Room Textile Tours, Fasanta Market Place and The Kettle Pop Up Café.


Each year Fasanta engages children from Primary Schools from all over the West Coast of Scotland.

In 2016, Fasanta asked pupils to design an outfit of someone who may have lived or worked at Dunollie Castle.

Over 100 entries were submitted from Rockfield, Achaleven and Lochnell Primary Schools including Jesters, Knights and Cooks.

The winning 3 designs were turned into outfits and modelled at the Fasanta Community Catwalk.

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Vat No. 932 1135 61


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