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Harris Tweed - from the land comes the cloth


You might have come across the term Harris Tweed in our product descriptions. Many brands use this wonderful fabric for caps, scarfs and such. But what is Harris Tweed? Please read on.

Harris Tweed is a cloth handwoven by islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides. This definition, quality standards and protection of the Harris Tweed name are enshrined in the Harris Tweed Act 1993.

The original name of the cloth was tweel, Scots for twill, it being woven in a twilled rather than a plain pattern. A traditional story has the name coming about almost by chance. Around 1830, a London merchant received a letter from a Hawick firm about some tweels. The London merchant misinterpreted the handwriting, understanding it to be a trade-name taken from the river Tweed that flows through the Scottish Borders. Subsequently, the goods were advertised as Tweed, and the name has remained ever since.

We suggest you watch this short but sweet movie, and you will probably fall in love with Harris Tweed just as we here at Sivletto have done.

2017-09-15 @ 15:45:47
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Judith Cockayne
I use Harris Tweed in my handbag making business. Could I please use the above photograph in my advertising?
2019-03-01 @ 01:01:16
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