Tweed guide part 3

Tweed guide

Tweed guide part 3

Types of tweed, number 3:

Donegal tweed got its name from the Irish county of Donegal.  The fabric is coarse which produces a very rustic look, and features contrast-colored “neps” or “slubs” that produces a casual and little bit sporty look.

Types of tweed, number 4:

Saxony tweed has a fine and short pile on its face and is soft.  It is used to produce comfortably wearing Merino-based sports jackets and to some extent, suits. The British Bladen company provided the marvelous 700 grams Supasax tweed, which was a fantastic piece of Saxony tweed.  Although the company is still in existence today and still produces this tweed in 650 grams made from dense and heavy lambswool, it feels different than before and the jacket styles are more limited. They also have a lighter 450 grams version that mixes wool and worsted yards that are well suited for office wear.

Types of tweed, number 5:

Gamekeeper tweed is a heavier weight cloth for greater insulation and protection in colder months.  It can be found in different patterns, weaves, and also colors.

Types of tweed, number 6:

Sporting tweeds were developed as a form of camouflage to help hunters blend into the landscape particular to individual hunting estates. Color combinations were optimized to find the most effective combinations.  One local weaver produced eight color variations for the Strathconon Estate before enlisting hunters to prove which was least visible.  Tweed’s estate sporting background is the primary reason we have so many variations of patterns today.

Types of tweed, number 7:

Estate named tweeds are associated with the particular estate for which they were commissioned.  These tweeds are remarkable for their variety of patterns, colors, and weaves.  This variety gives modern-day tweed wearers a lot of different options from which to choose.

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