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Harris Tweed - Traditional clothing and materials

Nothing speaks to the sensibilities of a country gentleman quite
like an elegantly appointed Harris Tweed coat.

Orvis

 

Harris Tweed

Tweed is a traditional, woven, heavy woolen outerwear fabric first made in Scotland. The name comes from tweel a Scottish word for twill and not the river Tweed as often thought. It is the fabric that was worn by many of the early Antarctic explorers and also the mountaineers who first attempted to scale peaks in the Alps and Himalayas.

While it has now been replaced by modern high-tech materials for extreme situations, it is still a beautiful and high performing, comfortable material, much used and highly coveted.

Tweed that is made in the Scottish Outer Hebridean islands of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra and called Harris Tweed, is widely acknowledged as being the finest available. In its homeland, this revered material is known in the original Gaelic as

 

Clò Mór, "The big cloth."

Today Harris Tweed is manufactured on the islands, still often woven in the homes of the islanders on their own looms.

The Harris Tweed Act, was passed by the British Parliament to give international protection to this unique international industry. The tweed is made in accordance with strictly controlled processes that combine traditional skills with modern methods.

Finished rolls of cloth that pass the strict criteria are submitted to the independent Harris Tweed examiner, who will certify that it conforms to the legal definition. If all is well, then the tweed will stamped with the Orb and Cross logo of the Harris Tweed Authority and the famous and exclusive "ORB" garment labels will be issued.

The Certification Mark was originally granted in 1909, registered in 1910 and stamping of the rolls of tweed began in 1911. Originally the cloth was made from wool that came exclusively from the islands where it was produced, but demand soon outstripped the supply from this source and in June 1934 amended regulations were made.

 

Historical stuff

Originally, the tweed was manufactured totally from resources found on the islands. Before synthetic dyes became commonly available, the cloth was dyed using a wide range of vegetable pigments. In particular from lichens such as the grey lichen Stone Parmelia - known as Crotal in Gaelic which gave a reddish-brown colour. This had to be painstakingly scraped from stones around the islands.

 
The current status of Harris Tweed is owed to Lady Dunmore, widow of the late Earl of Dunmore who in 1846 had the weavers in Harris copy the Murray tartan. She was so impressed with the result that she dedicated much of her time and activity to telling her friends about the cloth and improving the production process.

Hundreds of years ago, urine from red-haired boys however used to be kept separate, this was used to quench sword blades as they were made. It was thought to make the blade particularly strong.

Dyes must be fixed in the fabric using a mordant to stop them washing out. Before chemical mordants became commonly commercially available, the usual substance used was urine. A container was kept in the shed for the whole family to collect and store it. - Don't worry, these days, modern mordant agents are used!


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Barbour Tweed Sapper Jacket / Barbour Tweed Sapper Jacket $598.00

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Cotton-tweed Easy-fitting Ankle Pants $79.00

Classic tweed lightens up for warmer temps in our cool black-and-white cotton pants. Easy-fitting style with full elastic waist and twill-tape drawstring. front and back welt pockets. In black/white. Pure cotton. Washable. Imported. Sizes XS(4, S(6-8, M(1 more...




Country Tweed Jacket $350.00

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County Donegal Tweed Pants $169.00

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Donegal Tweed Flat-front Trousers / Petite $149.00

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Donegal Tweed Flat-front Trousers / Regular $149.00

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Donegal Tweed Jewelneck Jacket / Petite $169.00

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Donegal Tweed Jewelneck Jacket / Regular $169.00

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Dornoch Tweed Sport Coat $695.00

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Glennon Tweed Breeks $525.00

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Glennon Tweed Shooting Vest $425.00

For the gentleman shooter, nothing pulls estate attire together like the addition of a quality shooting vest. Woven in Scotland of new wool Glennon tweed, the vest is the perfect complement to the jacket, breeks, and hat. Features dual shooting patches, l more...




Glennon Tweed Sixpence Hat $98.00

The history of the sixpence hat, also known as a flat cap, traces back to at least the 14th century. This modern update is made of pure new wool, woven in Scotland, in a timeless sporting tweed pattern. English driving cap in Glennon tweed. 100% new wool. more...




Glennon Tweed Waterproof Coat $895.00

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Harris Tweed Bifold Wallet $65.00

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Harris Tweed Roadmaster Jacket / Harris Tweed Roadmaster $595.00

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Irish Donegal Tweed Walking Hat $89.00

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Irish Rainbow Tweed Cap $79.00

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Irish Tweed Glen Plaid Blazer $298.00

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Laksen Dorset Tweed Jacket $749.00

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Laksen Dorset Tweed Shooting Vest $298.00

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Lambswool-blend Tweed Cardigan Sweater / Lambswool-blend Tweed Cardigan $89.00

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Lightweight Highland Tweed Sport Coat / Long $350.00

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Lightweight Highland Tweed Sport Coat / Regular $350.00

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Lightweight Highland Tweed Sport Coat / Regular $350.00

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Pink Tweed Zip-front Jacket $159.00

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Ribbed-detail Tweed Mockneck Sweater / Ribbed-detail Tweed Mockneck $79.00

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Scottish Harris Tweed Ball Cap $69.00

When a standard ball cap just won't do, it's time to up the ante. He'll appreciate the vintage look of authentic Harris Tweed and the fine craftsmanship of this six-panel ball cap, made at one of the last cut-and-sew hat factories in the country. Fully ad more...




Searchers Tweed Vest $250.00

Back in the days of the American frontier, you'd be hard pressed to find a cowboy who didn't own (or aspire to own a men's tweed vest of this caliber. As desirable and functional today as it ever was, this tweed vest, cut in a classic "down-the-center" st more...




Silk Tweed Sport Coat / Long $275.00

From Bimini's End of the World Bar to the Poronui Ranch on New Zealand's North Island, wear our men's silk tweed sport coat in comfort with everything from khaki shorts to gray flannel trousers. The slubs and variations in the natural silk create a distin more...




Silk Tweed Sport Coat / Regular $275.00

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Snap-front Tweed Berber Fleece Jacket $98.00

You'll feel toasty just looking at our plush, deep-pile Berber fleece jacket, so imagine how snug you'll feel wearing it! Enhanced with supple faux-suede piping. Jacket has a snap-front placket. Roomy patch pockets. In brown. Polyester/acrylic Berber flee more...




Stand-collar Tweed Fleece Zip-front $89.00

Our richly flecked, plush and cozy fleece takes on cool weather in a sporty zip-front jacket. Flattering shape enhanced with front and back seaming details. Comfortable stand collar. Welt pockets. Zip-front fleece jacket for women in olive, red, blue. Acr more...




Thurston Tweed Vest $250.00

Back in the days of the American frontier, you'd be hard pressed to find a cowboy who didn't own (or aspire to own a men's tweed vest of this caliber. As desirable and functional today as it ever was, this tweed vest, cut in a classic "down-the-center" st more...




Tweed Baseball Cap $39.00

Take the great American baseball cap and make it from the finest 100% wool tweed and you have a warm and unique look for casual outdoor wear. Excellent for fall wear as the wool keeps the head warmer in cool weather when most baseball caps would be inadeq more...




Tweed Cable Turtleneck $250.00

A special blend of merino wool and cashmere, with just a touch of nylon for durability, is hand turned to create a sweater with the heritage of a cable crew and the warmth of a turtleneck. Merino's fine long-staple fibers, the softest of all wool, and cas more...




Tweed Jacket $250.00

Our ever-popular Weatherbreaker, a jacket style that rivals the WWII bomber with its sporty profile and casual style, attains a higher level of sophistication with pure wool tweed. Detailed with corduroy neck trim for comfort and handsome looks and lined more...




Tweed Trim Lambswool Sweater $79.00

Knitted of pure lambswool, our crewneck sweater pairs as well with a button-down and sport coat as it does with a T-shirt and jeans. Handsome tweed elbow patches add a distinctive touch to this classic style. Rib trim at collar, cuffs, and hem. Pure lambs more...




Ugg Tweed Slippers / Ugg Tweed Slippers $119.00

Gone are the days when slippers were relegated to the indoors. These slippers are not only crafted for comfort-UGGpure, a luxurious natural wool woven onto a durable backing sees to that-but are equally adept out of doors, thanks to a tough, mini-lug-trea more...




Zip-front Irish Tweed Cardigan $189.00

A timeless design rich in Irish heritage, this classic style is crafted in Ireland of the finest merino wool. Our zip-front cardigan sweater's multi-cable pattern finds its roots in centuries of knitting in small Irish fishing villages. Ribbed stand colla more...


 



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