Unusually wool is dyed before being spun, allowing the blending of a multitude of colours into the yarn. With each thread containing a myriad of different colours a cloth of great depth and complexity is produced.
Soft, tactile, breathable, warm, colourful, sustainable, and adaptable...the old image of coarse, scratchy, dour tweed simply does not exist these days. While still retaining its heritage of practicality and longevity, the Harris Tweed of today extols all the qualities and virtues of a truly luxury 21st century fabric.
Source – The Harris Tweed Authority
Harris Tweed, or Clo Mor (The Big Cloth) is the only fabric in the world governed by its own Act of Parliament. In 1993 an Act of Parliament underpinned the unique status of Harris Tweed and decreed that genuine Harris Tweed must be made from pure virgin wool which has been dyed and spun on the islands and hand-woven at the home of the weaver in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
From start to finish the cloth is in the hands of skilled and experienced artisans who oversee every stage of production utilising generations of knowledge to produce a product worthy of the name Harris Tweed.
As well as being natural, biodegradable, non- allergenic and water-repellent, ‘Harris Tweed’ is energy-efficient to create and beautiful, durable and practical to use.
Harris Tweed is about quality and style, history and heritage.
The rare character and beauty of Harris Tweed is attributable to the fact that is the only fabric produced in commercial quantities by truly traditional methods anywhere in the world. Hundreds of distinctive patterns developed over the centuries, each unique but unmistakably Harris Tweed with its characteristic subtle designs in complex natural shades.