UK Brand Sharing -Harris Tweed
“Harris Tweed means a tweed which has been handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the islands of Harris, Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra and their several appurtenances (The Outer Hebrides) and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides”
Harris Tweed, a wool manufacturer with a century-old heritage, is a unique fabric in the UK and the only fabric protected by the parliamentary bill. It is also the world’s first registered trademark fabric. Not only a retro item that is popular today but also a special “British culture card”
The creation of Harris Tweed begins with fleeces of pure virgin wools which are shorn from Cheviot and Scottish Blackface sheep. Although most of the wool is grown principally on the UK mainland, in the early summer the island communities still join together to round up and shear the local sheep to add to the mix. The two types of wool are blended together to gain the advantages of their unique qualities and characteristics
Once shorn the wool is scoured before being delivered in large bales to the mills of the main tweed producers where it is then dyed in a wide variety of colours for blending.
Finaly the examination by the independent Harris Tweed Authority which visits the mills weekly, before application of their Orb Mark trademark which is ironed on to the fabric as a seal of authenticity.
From the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides, Harris Tweed cloth is exported to over 50 countries. From traditional markets in Europe, North America and the Far East to the emerging BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China, the cloth finds its way to every corner of the planet.
Traditional men’s jackets, cutting-edge catwalk couture, stylish street shoes, five-star interiors, bespoke suits: the use of Harris Tweed cloth is endless. It is shipped to fashion houses, independent designers, multi-national companies, small clothing labels and famous tailors, to provide a foil for their creative endeavours, all over the world.
Image Courtesy of Harris Tweed
Text reference from Harris Tweed and Wikipedia