The story of Harris Tweed is the story of a remote island community that lies between the Highlands of Scotland on the north west tip of Europe and the North Atlantic Ocean.
For centuries the islanders have woven the magical cloth the world known as Harris tweed, Clo Mhor in the original Gaelic – ‘The big cloth’.
“Harris Tweed is the cloth that has been handwoven by the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra in their own homes, using pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebridies.”
This is the definition of Harris Tweed contained in the Harris Tweed Act of 1993 and it 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.
The multitude of colour combinations and patterns found in Harris Tweed is a reflection of the constantly changing light and landscape of these beautiful islands.