The Harris Tweed Project
A HISTORIC ISLAND CLOTH
MADE WITH CRAFT AND CREATIVITY
The Isle of Harris has a long history of creating beautiful things, always made with skill, craft and care.
A special cloth, woven on the looms of local weavers, has paved the way for the work we do at the distillery today, setting the high standards of quality and provenance required of anything that bears our island's name.
The world knows this special textile as Harris Tweed, the only fabric in the world which is protected by its own Act of Parliament.
This unique set of laws ensures that every piece of cloth is made from pure new wool, dyed and spun here in the Outer Hebrides and woven by hand at the homes of weavers across these islands, and nowhere else.
The iconic Orb Mark issued by the Harris Tweed Authority is the guarantee of genuine Harris Tweed.
Since late 2018 we've been exploring the history, tradition and techniques behind Harris Tweed, meeting many of the people who bring this wonderful cloth into the world.
As a key part of the project, we also invited young people from across the Outer Hebrides to join us in creating a very special Harris Tweed of our own, the Isle of Harris Distillery Tweed.
As part of an island-wide collaboration with local schools and education services, we joined with the Harris Tweed Authority the industry governing body and Harris Tweed Hebrides the foremost Harris Tweed producer in the UK, to launch a special competition to design the final pattern.
After a series of practical workshops and guided classroom activities, over 150 entries were received from across the isles of Harris and Lewis.
A difficult round of judging then took place before we narrowed the field down to five final entries from which an overall winner was decided.
Special certificates and prizes were awarded in June 2019 to the best entries across three age categories, with our final overall winner Scott Murray now joining us to bring his final creation to life with us by the end of 2019.
Please join us here and across social media as The Harris Tweed Project progresses and we share updates on the new tweed's progress as we go from wool to weaving of this fine piece of cloth.
FIVE WONDERFUL DESIGNS
Scott Murray - Sir E Scott School, Tarbert, Isle of Harris
Lower Primary Category
Ethan Macaulay - Leverhulme Memorial School, Leverburgh, Isle of Harris
Upper Primary Category
Kate Macleod - Sgoil Nan Loch, Leurbost, Isle of Lewis
Abby Burley - Laxdale Primary, Laxdale, Isle of Lewis.
Neil Morrison - Sir E Scott School, Tarbert, Isle of Harris
" It comes as great comfort to those of us in the Harris Tweed industry that there are young islanders coming through who clearly have the skill and interest to continue in their generation what those 150 years ago started. "Lorna Macaulay, Harris Tweed Authority CEO