Traditional Harris Tweed is made in the Scottish Outer Hebrides from 100% British wool. This iconic fabric is durable, breathable, biodegradable and warms in winter while cools in summer. It's woven by expert craftspeople in their own homes as is tweed making custom. With a contemporary combination of soft purple, golden yellow and undyed neutrals, the tones speak of a wild Scottish heath.
Design & engineering
The materials: wool
There are lots of reasons to love 100% wool. It’s strong, hypoallergenic and it happens to be insulating and breathable too, so despite being thought of as a fabric only for cold months, it’ll also keep you cool in summer. As for its handle, the sheep breed and the climate it lives in determines the look and feel. This wool is reflective of the enduring and sublime landscape of the Outer Hebrides, which gives the material its hardy, tactile texture that Harris Tweed is best known for.
You’ll notice that every Harris Tweed fabric is full of rich colours. This is because the yarns are dyed before being woven, letting the weavers blend several shades to create more depth. Where possible though, the wool is left in its natural state, as with some of the lighter colours in this check fabric. Any dyes used are compliant with the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) organisation, whose mission is to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals released into the environment.
Doing the right thing
By law, every Harris Tweed fabric is required to be wholly made in the Outer Hebrides. This means that not only does the wool carry a minimal carbon footprint, but it also provides sustainable employment for small-scale farmers, mill workers and home weavers, and secures the continuation of traditional craft techniques.
Where we see it
A heavier weight cloth than most tweed jackets, our fabric is ideal whenever you want a hard-wearing textile. The wool goes through an extra milling process (where the warp and weft of the fabric are bonded together to create a tighter weave) which results in a strong upholstery material. Its classic check design is especially good at adding cosiness with accessories too, like our Grace cushion.
Harris Tweed's story
To find out more about the full process behind this hand-woven fabric, you can read about it on our journal. Once you’ve discovered Harris Tweed’s story, take a peek at the rest of the collection here.