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While it has now been replaced by modern high-tech materials for extreme situations, it is still a beautiful and high performing, comfortable material, much used and highly coveted.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


Brighton Tweed Jacket $98

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Castle Island Tweed Plaid Jacket $295

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Cotton-Tweed Easy-Fitting Ankle Pants $79

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 Vest $198

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County Donegal Tweed Pants $149

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Donegal Tweed Cardigan Jacket $189

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Donegal Tweed Flat-Front Pants $149

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Donegal Tweed Godet Skirt $149

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Donegal Tweed Split Skirt $149

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Donegal Tweed Stand-Collar Jacket $169

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Donegal Tweed Toggle Jacket $189

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Donegal Tweed Trouser Skirt $129

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Dorfman Pacific Ivy Tweed Cap $49

Designed to take you from fall through winter, this classically styled tweed driving cap features a nubuck leather trim and a smooth, satin quilted lining. Driving cap in brown tweed. Acrylic/wool/nylon. Dry clean. Imported.Size M, L, XL. more...




Ex Officio Women's Tweedmuir Jacket $159

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Ex Officio Women's Tweedmuir Vest $109

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Harris Tweed Inclement Vest $325

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Heathered Tweed Mockneck Sweater $89

Beautifully speckled with flecks of rich color, this pretty pullover sweater looks as warm as it feels. Knit of supersoft, easy-care cotton/acrylic/polyester-blend yarns, it has ribbed trim at the mockneck, side pockets, and hem. Choose from teal blue or more...




Holland & Holland Tweed Field Coat $1600

The tweed hunting jacket is the pinnacle of style and substance. Born of tradition, Holland & Holland's Signature Tweed Field Coat combines a tasteful and classic look with rugged durability, perfectly suited for foul-weather shooting or brisk outdoor more...




Irish Rainbow Tweed Cap $69

Woven in Ireland of genuine Donegal wool to shed water naturally and to add handsome appeal as no other wool can. Fully lined with a cotton twill sweatband for superior comfort, fit, and feel. Snap keeps brim in place. In multi. Dry clean. Ireland. Sizes: more...




Irish Tweed Cap $79

When just one tweed won't do. A classic Irish cap, superbly crafted of premium wool randomly chosen from a collection of timeless tweeds; no two caps are exactly alike. Dry clean. Men's tweed hats are made in Ireland. Men's hat sizes: S(6 7/8-7, M(7 1/8-7 more...




Lambswool Irish-Tweed Barn Coat $350

Genuine Irish tweed is woven of soft lambswool, making this heirloom-quality barn coat one you'll love for years to come. Beautifully rich hues of a country landscape replete with forest green, tan, russet, bark, and a hint of red. Faux-suede trim. Prince more...




Lightweight Highland Tweed Sport Coat $325

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Manor Tweed Vest $450

Four-button tweed shooting vest from the Manor Tweed Collection. Dual shooting patches and large semi-bellowed front cartridge pockets. Adjustable belt in the back with leather buttons throughout. Fully lined. Tweed shooting vest in Manor Tweed olive. Woo more...




Patagonia Tweed-Lined Pau Slip-On $130

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Ribbed-Detailed Tweed Mockneck $79

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Scottish Harris Tweed Ball Cap $69

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...




Silk Tweed Driving Cap $79

The cap of choice when the sun's out and the top's folded down. Meticulously sewn and shaped by hand, this traditional driving cap is made from pure silk tweed and is lined with polyester. Sewn brim. In tan, sage. Dry clean. Ireland.Sizes: M(7-7 1/8, L(7 more...




Silk Tweed Jacket $249

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Soft Tweed Boyfriend Jacket $129

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Stand-Collar Tweed Fleece Zip-Front $89

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...




Tweed Berber Fleece Toggle Jacket $89

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Tweed Jacket $225

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Tweed Patch Vest $250

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Tweed Weatherbreaker $229

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Washed-Tweed Dress Vest $249

Scottish tweed stands alone as the finest tweed fabric in the world. This particular tweed has been washed down multiple times to make it softer, richer and more comfortable as a close-fitting dress vest. There is a cashmere-like quality to the feel of th more...


 



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