Tweed guide part 4

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Tweed guide part 4

Types of tweed, number 8:

A thornproof tweed is woven with high twist fibers to make the cloth resistant to tears and punctures.  It was first used in the 1870s in the Red River Rebellion in Canada, where troops wore a cloth made to resist the thorns. Thornproof is usually a plain and solid colored, lightly grey-green fabric but, available with windowpanes.  It is practical for hunting or hiking through thick underbrush, brambles, and gorse. Also, this kind of tweed is a self-repairing cloth.  If you were to push a sharp pointed object through the cloth to make a hole, all you need to do is massage the cloth between your thumbs and the hole immediately will disappear.

Types of tweed, number 9:

The most famous brand named tweed is, of course, Harris. Harris Tweed has an open, loose twill weave that is very rough to the touch. It was first woven in the 18th century by crafters in the Outer Hebrides. It was introduced to the British aristocracy in the 1840s by Lady Dunmore. To regulate and protect the fabric against imitations, the Harris Tweed orb certification mark was created in the 1900s with the definition, “only tweeds woven in the Outer Hebrides would be eligible.” The use of the name was protected, and only hand-spun and hand-woven products of 100% wool form the Outer Hebrides were allowed to use the Harris Tweed trademark. Today, the yarn is 100% pure virgin wool, but no longer hand-spun. This change was introduced because the weavers were unable to produce the quantity or consistent quality necessary from hand-spun yarn. Unfortunately, there was not enough wool from the Outer Hebrides to meet the demand, and hence 100% virgin wool from the UK is accepted now. Clothing made out of Harris Tweed will have trademark label sewn into it.

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