From time immemorial, the inhabitants of The Outer Hebrides of Scotland have woven a beautiful and intricate cloth the world knows simply as Harris Tweed.
The definition of Harris Tweed, contained in the Harris Tweed Act of 1993 clearly defines Harris Tweed as follows:
"Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides."
The Act ensures that all cloth certified with the Harris Tweed Orb symbol complies with this definition and is genuine Harris Tweed, the world’s only commercially produced handwoven tweed.
Pictures above taken from http://www.harristweed.org, the most brilliant and authoitative resource for all things Harris Tweed.
While the majority of expertly handwoven cloth produced is shipped in multiples of traditional lengths, Harris Tweed are passionate about working with British craftspeople and volumes of fabric are passed on to equally dexterous hands, (including yours truly here at Owen Barry) to become all manner of stunning creations...
Harris Tweed Hebrides, founded in 2007 when Harris Tweed was at a low ebb, is generally credited with having revitalised the industry and taken the famous fabric into the front-line of 21st century fashion and design...Click here to view the Owen Barry/Harris Tweed range >>