Harris Tweed: A Scottish Heritage
For centuries, Harris Tweed has been woven by hand, from pure virgin wool, dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Originally created to protect against the harsh winter climate, it was recognised in the mid 19th Century by the Aristocracy as an ideal fabric for outdoor sporting pursuits. More recently, it has been utilised by a number of fashion designers, and makes regular apprearances on the catwalks of Fashion Week, around the world.
One of the last remaining traditional industries in Scotland, the production of Harris Tweed has been protected by the Harris Tweed Act of Parliament since 1993, meaning that every 50 meter length is checked, and stamped, by a member of the independent Harris Tweed authority, ensuring that only the very best quality of fabric reaches the open market.