Traditional Clothing and Materials
Tweed is a traditional, woven, heavy woolen outerwear fabric first made in Scotland. 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.
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 Clo Mor, "The big cloth".
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.