Weaving Tradition: How Tweed Keeps a Community’s Heritage Alive

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Weaving is a method of textile production where two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles. The goal is to form a fabric or cloth. It is similar to methods like crocheting, felting, braiding, or knitting.

Weaving is a tradition that helps keep a community in Outer Hebrides of Scotland intact. Generations of islanders have shared in the tradition of Harris Tweed. It is a tweed made from pure virgin wool produced in Scotland, and then spun, dyed, and finished. It is hand-woven by Islanders at their own homes.

The community lives in the Islands of Lewis, Harris. They are part of a larger area known as the Outer Hebrides. Their Harris Tweed is praised because it is warn and waterproof. It provides comfort against the elements. And they hold the rights to the most famous tweed in the world.

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