The Incorporation of Bonnetmakers and Dyers of Edinburgh

The Incorporation, chartered in 1530, exists today for benevolent and social purposes, to support the good traditions of the past and to foster those skills falling within the widest ambit of Bonnetmaking and Dyeing, including all the Arts.


The Incorporation of Bonnetmakers and Dyers of Edinburgh welcomes to its membership any person interested in its declared purposes, namely, to maintain and promote the wellbeing of the City of Edinburgh, her citizens and the entire country in the widest possible way, relieving poverty and distress, fostering education and good citizenship and the preservation of the good and agreeable traditions of the community, all within the law of charity.

The Incorporation arranges visits for members and their guests to exhibitions and businesses of interest to its members and holds its Annual General Meeting at the end of March. It presents an award to a student at Edinburgh College of Art, the criteria being for work involving textiles which demonstrates quality of design and execution and imaginative use of colour.  A similar award is also given to a student at Heriot Watt University School of Textiles and Design and at Edinburgh College (the former Telford College), each with a slightly different criteria.

Admission to membership is at the discretion of the Master Court of the Incorporation and on payment of the entry dues.