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A New Breed of Tweed

05-Feb-2015 2:29 PM | Kimberley White

You'd be forgiven for thinking Harris Tweed's presence stops at clothing (jackets in particular) but it's far more varied than that. Scotland's most iconic fabric has a strong heritage and a versatile future - limited only by your imagination.

Harris Tweed is the only kind protected by an Act of Parliament. As a legal requirement, the fabric has to be hand-woven at the weaver's home on double width looms The cloth is then returned to the mill and completed prior to being stamped with the Orb.

Modern designers and tailors have taken the traditional design properties and created softer cloths for both fashion and interiors, often in lambswool, merino or even cashmere.

Harris Tweed Hebrides recently provided 9,000 square metres of fabric in a range of colours for use on bespoke luxury furnishings throughout one of Glasgow's newest five-star boutique hotels – Blythswood Square.

To this day, the Harris Tweed Authority continues to develop the industry as a means of livelihood for those who live in the Outer Hebrides. Three mills produce the yarn which is then sent out to the weavers.

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