Through a passion for fabrics, Brad and Betty Johnston have become the creators and guardians of Australian tartans.

Story Kirsty McKenzie  Photos Ken Brass

Delve into the story of Scottish tartan and you’ll wind up in a maze of information that blends Celtic history with good measures of mythology, protocol, clan allegiances, family connections and tradition. As the owners of the Murrumbateman-based business, The House of Tartans, Brad and Betty Johnston are well positioned to guide the curious through the world of the fabric that, to the uninitiated, can seem as indecipherable as a Glaswegian accent.

This story excerpt is from Issue #137

Outback Magazine: June/July 2021