Harris Tweed


The Harris Tweed Act from 1993 defines Harris-Tweed as follows:
"Harris-Tweed is a pure sheen wool woven in the homes of Lewis, Harris, Uist, and Barra in her homes, which was dyed and spun on the Outer Hebrides."
Each Harris Tweed item is accentuated with an authenticity label that bears the trademark of the Harris Tweed, the Orb.

Story
Tweed has been manufactured all over Scotland since ancient times. With the industrial revolution, the weaving by hand became uneconomical, and looms replaced the loom. Only on the outlying Outer Hebrides, which were already known for the quality of their tweeds, were manual production methods maintained.
Tweed manufacture on an industrial scale began at the end of the 19th century and is closely linked to the name of Lady Dunmore, which at that time began to market the tweed through dealers in England.
When the British Parliament passed the Trademarks Act in 1905, Harris Tweed Association Ltd. as a central marketing and control body. Harris-Tweed was recognized as a protected trademark in 1910 and since then has been the Orb and Maltese Cross as a recognition mark.
With the passing of the Harris Tweed Act was the previous definition of Harris-Tweed Law. The current Harris Tweed Association Ltd. was appointed to today's Harris Tweed Authority and oversees compliance with the law. The Harris Tweed Authority is located in Stornoway in the northern part of the island of Lewis and Harris (Lewis) and not in the southern part of Harris.