Tweed

Well … I couldn’t go to Harris without getting some tweed could I?!

Almost the first thing you see as you get off the ferry at Tarbert is the red and white Harris Tweed warehouse.  What a sight it is – stuffed full, floor to ceiling with bolts of the stuff – my eyes and hands didn’t know where to start.

This tweed is a product that reeks of  Outer Hebridean culture and tradition. Wool is dyed and spun in small factories in Harris and Lewis and then hand-woven by islanders in their own homes. With over 8000 different designs and colour combinations each bolt references different aspects of  the landscape and is unique –  I found it virtually impossible to choose and spent a very happy time pulling out bolts, touching and deciding. It was woolly fabric heaven!

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