Inspirational Scottish Landscapes
The iconic colours of the Scottish landscape have, for centuries, inspired the colours of the cloth woven here. From the Scottish Borders to the far flung Shetland Isles, the ever changing colours of the surrounding scenery play an important role in the creative processes of textiles design, inspiring colourful tweeds and tartans around the country.
Scottish tweed colour ways are based around the land they represent and the Harris Tweed story is synonymous with the phrase "From the Land Comes the Cloth'. Here, on the Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides, the vibrant colours of the land and sea have inspired generations of weavers to produce cloth of the highest quality. Unusually the wool is dyed before it is spun and this gives rise to the characteristic depth of colour which further enhances the cloth. Harris Tweed story has gained international fame and the manufacturing is protected by an Act of Parliament which states it can only be made in the Isles of Harris and Lewis.