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PALTÒ MEETS HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES

Harris Tweed is the only fabric that has its own legislation; in fact it is one of the only items in the British manufacturing industry to do so.

‘Harris Tweed means a tweed which has been hand woven by the islanders at their own homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the islands of Harris, Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra and their several purtenances (the Outer Hebrides) and made from pure virgin wool, dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.’


Location

Isle of Lewis – Outer Hebrides


Temperature

5 – 8 °C


Date

June 2015

This definition became statutory when the Harris Tweed Act was passed in 1993. Only tweed made this way can be given the Harris Tweed trademark  ‘Orb’ stamp, which the Harris Tweed Authority gives to every piece of the cloth.

The making of the tweed is unique, too, in its long history. Since time began, the tweed has always had its own traditions in all its processes, such as the songs sung during the bobbin winding and the waulking (finishing) of the cloth.

Isle of Lewis:

a photographic essay by Francesco Tommasi