In our Bumble Dust Shop we have a lovely range of Harris Tweed fabric items and we wanted to share with you a little bit more about the company so you can appreciate, just as we do, how incredibly special this fabric truly is.
For well over a century, Harris Tweed has been woven with skill and care by crofters in their own homes, just as it is today. From the early 20th century’s high living gentry to today’s catwalks and couturiers, Harris Tweed has long been the choice of the discerning.
By law, all Harris Tweed must be produced in the Outer Hebrides and nowhere else. Every inch of wool is dyed and spun in an island mill. Every yard is handwoven at the home of a Harris Tweed weaver. Woven on treadle-powered looms, Harris Tweed is crafted by hand without the aid of automation or electricity. Weaver’s skills take months to learn and years to master and every step of the Harris Tweed process is in the hands of skilled islanders, from dyeing to delivery. These skills are passed down with pride from generation to generation of the island’s community. Harris Tweed is dyed, blended, carded, spun, warped, woven, finished, examined and stamped only in the Scottish Outer Hebrides by local crofters and artisans.
There are some fantastic videos and lots more information about Harris Tweed on their website