By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on August 11th, 2008
Apparently, you don’t want to get Vivienne Westwood started on tweed. Oh, who are we kidding, yes we do! Her fave? Harris tweed.
The cloth is handwoven by the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra in their homes, using pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides off Scotland.
“You can’t make a bad anything with it. It lends itself to the body. The texture is brilliant; it’s tactile, yet it will take a form and hold it. And the colours are so atmospheric. It’s a misty, British thing,” Westwood said. “The clouds are lower as they come across the Atlantic, you don’t have the high clouds and blue sky of the Continent.”
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