We received our latest batch of Harris Tweed this week, a beautiful blue and charcoal herringbone and my personal favourite a 'cookies and cream' herringbone with a rust and blue windowpane overcheck. I can't wait for the first garment samples to be produced.
Harris tweed is one of the most desirable textiles in the world, produced in the Outer Hebrides, on one island with two names - Harris and Lewis.It has a fascinating heritage with the weavers often having learnt the Craft from their forefathers over many years....
Firstly raw undyed wool is taken to the island mills where it is washed and dyed into an endless palette of colours; this dyed in the wool is unique to Harris Tweed.
After drying, the coloured wools are blended to a predetermined and secret recipe, then carded and spun to produce the spectrum of yarns that enhance the uniqueness the the finished cloth.
The spun yarn is then warped where the final pattern of the colours is prepared by winding the threads onto large beams to create the warp.
The warp is delivered to the homes of the weavers. All Harris Tweed must be by law hand woven on a treadle loom in the home of the weaver.Once finished the untreated bolts are returned to the mill for finishing.The finished tweed is presented to the Harris Tweed Authority for inspection and only if all the regulations have been complied with can it be stamped with the Orb mark to guarantee the highest quality pure new wool Harris Tweed.
It is this heritage, the care and character of the finished cloth which makes it a privilege to work with.