Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Both the model on the beach and the messenger bag promote and display Harris Tweed. 2012 has been a good year for the weavers as they have exceeded a million metres of cloth production, the highest figure for 15 years. The exported cloth finds its way to some very different destinations and is used for a variety of clothes and adornments. However, before the revival of the popularity of the products is lauded too highly, it should be noted that in the 1960s there were annual outputs approaching seven million metres. Now were Santa to switch from his customary single shade to the subtle flecks of colour from local vegetable and lichen dyes, there would be a boom time in the northern Outer Hebrides. Even reindeer accessories in the tweed would do!
Scottish Islands Explorer - most copies delivered on time