Years ago, my sister-in-law Mary Neal spent time in Scotland.
She travelled to the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebrides, in the north Atlantic.
She brought me a scarf made of Harris Tweed.
It is one of my most treasured textiles, a true souvenir—a piece of a place.
This fabric, made in a very small part of the world, has such rough beauty. Look how many colors there are. It really looks like this. The orange is that bright.
Mary Neal just shared a short film—less than five minutes long—that I think is pretty spectacular. Quick! We’re going to the Outer Hebrides, to see the makers of Harris Tweed.
Of course, looking at my Harris Tweed scarf has ginned up a massive craving for more Harris Tweed.
Thanks to the Harris Tweed Authority, the organization that ensures the protection of the Harris Tweed name and quality, there’s a list of mills and small producers who are creating Harris Tweed in the age-old way—in their homes.
Christina Macleod’s vibrant colors will surprise you.
How nice to see the names of these makers, unlike the weavers of yore who didn’t have the internet to connect them with the whole world. Rebecca talks about the interrelated nature of what goes on in her work. It’s wonderful to sit here in Nashville and get the chance to hear her talking about her Harris Tweeds.