The Harris Tweed jacket (and fabric) is a classic which has stood the test of time. In its original form Harris Tweed was handwoven by the islanders on the Isles of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, using local wool. At one time, in order to receive the official Orb symbol, the fabric had to meet the definition set by the Harris Tweed Association in 1909: “hand-spun, hand-woven and dyed by the crofters and cottars in the Outer Hebrides”.
Hand spinning and dyeing has given way to machine spinning and vat dyeing. An Act of Parliament in 1993 redefined Harris Tweed as “hand woven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the islands of Harris, Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra and their several purtenances (The Outer Hebrides) and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.”