Fabric of Nature

Fabric of Nature
June 2, 2020 Christina Mullin

Vibrant new Scottish currency is illustrated with influential women and native wildlife.

During the last four years, the Royal Bank of Scotland

launched a democratic project to capture what one collaborator

 termed “the more ordinary aspects of Scottish identity including otters, midges, mackerel and tweed.” The result is Fabric of Nature, a series of recently released banknotes that feature illustrated wildlife and portraits of some of Scotland’s most influential women.

The Scottish design studio, Nile, spearheaded the project, and every element of every note has a meaning connected with the people of Scotland. The notes are a cultural capture of what is important, and heart felt for us Scots,” a statement from Nile says.

The Scottish redesign is part of a larger movement worldwide to create currency that better captures diversity. In the United States, however, the treasury stalled on releasing a $20 billfeaturing Harriet Tubman in 2019, saying the updated design would be released instead in 2026.