To more deeply understand the character of tweed, Gaelic Clò Mór – 'The big cloth' Heer set out to explore its origins. He traveled to County Donegal in northwest Ireland and to the Outer Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland. Tweed has been made there for centuries, its essence shaped by the land, its soil and its people.
Tweed has been hand-woven by the islanders at their homes in the Outher Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.
Tweed has always been made from local pure wool in the Outer Hebrides. It is dyed, spun, and finished by the islanders in their own homes. Waulking, or the beating of wet newly-woven tweed on a wooden board, used to be done by hand, usually by women. To lighten the task, songs were sung to the steady beat of the wet cloth. These waulking sessions lasted for hours depending on the length of the material and the thickness required.
Since Heer’s journey, his workshop has offered a selection of tweed from these regions. Tweed is best known as premium suit fabric. Heer also discovered a distinctive new aspect to this textile: tweed as a daybed cover fabric.