In honor of the Fall 2012 pre-sale available exclusively at the Camp out at Kaight sale until this Sunday. I want to share a few stories. As you know for Fall 2012 we are using Scottish tweeds. Not just any tweed , but world famous and a whole century old, hand woven Harris Tweeds. Ever since the Scottish invasion of the eco-venture, we have been relishing in all things Scotland; castles, heahter, kilts, and of course the tweeds. Part of the inspiration for the Fall 2012 collection was Scotland. However, being from the land of almost naked 24/7 I never expected to fall in love with tweed! Last March, I attended an event in the American Scottish Foundation for a conversatory about Scottish craftmanship, weaving, sheep and all things tweed. I met Malcom Campbell the sales director of Harris Tweed and fellow textile designer. He kindly shared with me a beautiful and interesting video about how a tweed is made. After seeing the video, I was very curious about tweed. I emailed Malcom a couple of times, he put up with all my questions and was gracious enough o let me share them with all of you here, it’s not a formal interview but I thought he had some interesting facts about tweed making in Scotland. It made me want to go visit the mill so bad!
Here are the best bits of our conversation:
- Lichen and crottle for a deep red or a purple brown
- dock root, hawthorn or alder for black
- heather for dark green
- sloe berries and elder berries for blue
- privot leaves and broom for green.
- birch bark for fawn
- white water lily roots for brown
- bracken, teazle, bog myrtle for yellow
Below is the video Malcom shared with me and , also Harris Tweed has a newly revamped website with a really good Blog!