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  • Writer's pictureAlayna Fong

Koala Tartan woven into history

The Koala Tartan has woven its way into history, capturing hearts all around the world.


Spring Ridge weavers Fred and Marie Lawson of The Crofters Weaving Mill launched the tartan alongside Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey in October 2021 and has quickly become their bestselling tartan.


“The Lawsons have come up with something special with the Koala Tartan,” Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.


“These are two talented people who have created a beautiful and practical way to celebrate the koala, not only in Gunnedah - the Koala Capital of the World - but across the globe. The tartan has been registered through The Scottish Register of Tartans and is now recognised as the pattern that represents the koala worldwide.


“I congratulate them on this amazing achievement.”


Marie and Fred Lawson with Mayor Jamie Chaffey.


The Koala Tartan has also made its way to Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and has attracted the attention of wildlife groups and sanctuaries.


Marie said The Crofters Weaving Mill had been working on expanding the range, with Fred recently successfully weaving a rug from 20-ply merino wool from Nundle. and Marie working with a different material to make scarves and shawls.


The mill has also proven to be a drawcard for bus tours who stop to watch the world-recognised weavers at work.


To take a look at the Koala Tartan, drop into the Gunnedah Shire Council Visitor Information Centre at 83 Chandos Street, Gunnedah.


Products featuring the Koala Tartan on sale at the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre.

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