Tweed guide part 2

Tweed guide

Tweed guide part 2

History of tweed, number 4:

Early golfers such as Old Tom Morris only played in tweed “plus fours,” and the wear of tweed for golf was nearly omnipresent up until the 1930s when summer flannel pants and polo shirts started becoming more popular. It is a little known ironic fact of history that during the Boer War, the Boers, in fighting against the British in their desperate struggle, overwhelmingly clothed themselves in this fabric.

History of tweed, number 5:

Nowadays, this fabric is the fabric of choice for vintage bicyclists, especially a modern-day cycling tweed run. Tweed was the cloth for all things sports and outdoors back in the day.  It was perfectly adapted to country pursuits as opposed to the darker wool suits worn in the city areas. A distinction between the leisure-based, earthy colored tweed and business-focused gray, dark blue, and black suits gave rise to the so-called “no brown in town” rule, which has mostly gone by the wayside with the possible exception of London.

Types of tweed, number 1:

Cheviot tweed is named after a breed of white-faced sheep first kept in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland and the Scottish borders. Cheviot yarn is generally larger and rougher. Also, it is heavier than other types of tweed.  It is a stiff fabric with a certain “sharpness” to the touch, and a bright luster.  Cheviot fabric is woven more tightly, making it well suited for country wear due to its firmness and durability and city wear, due to its ability to drape nicely and hold a crease.

Types of tweed, number 2:

Shetland tweed was originally woven from sheep raised on islands of the same name.  The wools from these sheep are exceptionally fine with a soft and delicate, but a slightly shaggy finish.  Also, it is the epitome of a casual tweed.

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