Arra Textiles

Arra Textiles, where Lucy MacDonald weaves tales of nature into bespoke throws. From Cairngorms inspirations to sustainable creations, each piece is a Scottish masterpiece.

Arra Textiles

Edition One Feature (September 2020)
Words by: Lucy MacDonald 
Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
Photo Credits: ©Aboyne Photographics @aboynephotographics / ©Yeshen Venema @yeshen.uk / ©Lucy MacDonald


Arra Textiles is a hand weaving design studio in Aberdeenshire, UK. It is named after my great-grandmother, Arra MacDonald, who was born and raised on Orkney and passed on her love of textiles to me. I launched my first collection, of bespoke throws and cowl scarves, at the ‘New Designers, One Year On’ exhibition in 2016. 

After working from home for the first 18 months, I moved into a dedicated studio space on a nearby estate. My current studio is part of a listed building in Kincardine O’Neil, the oldest village on Royal Deeside. It’s on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, between mountains and sea and not far from where I was born and raised.