What is Harris Tweed?
Not every tailor loves this fabric, since this is much harder to process than lovely merino wool. Harris Tweed resists wind and weather, and when others reach for the coat, the wearer of the Harris Tweed just grabs his scarf. Tweed fabrics often last up to three people's lives and the sustainability of the product is shown at the latest.
A special feature of Harris Tweed is the colouring of the wool before the yarn is spun. This makes it possible to create particularly complex colours, which are then refined by subtle but characteristic patterns. In addition to the durability of colourful fabrics, Harris Tweed also places great emphasis on warmth, breathability and sustainability.
The Harris Tweed Story
Harris Tweed comes exclusively from the islands of the Outer Hebrides Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra. 1909 was founded by the Harris Tweed Authority, which has the famous imperial orb with Maltese cross as its trademark. Today, Harris Tweed is the only substance protected by law (Act of Parliament). The law states that the tweed must be made of 100% virgin wool.
The tweed must be dyed, spun and woven in the homes of the inhabitants on hand-operated web chairs in order to obtain the Harris Tweed Authority seal. Only then can it leave the islands by ferry, which, due to the many storms, can be delayed even by one to two weeks. The Harris Tweed can then be processed into tweed suits, tweed jackets and tweed waistcoat.