What is Tweed Fabric ?
- Tweed is a rough, woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven.
- It is usually woven with a plain weave, twill or herringbone structure.
- Colour effects in the yarn may be obtained by mixing dyed wool before it is spun.
- Tweeds are an icon of traditional Scottish, Irish and English clothing, being desirable for informal outerwear, due to the material being moisture-resistant and durable.
- Tweeds are made to withstand harsh climates and are commonly worn for outdoor activities such as shooting and hunting, in England, Ireland and Scotland.
- In Ireland, tweed manufacturing is now most associated with County Donegal but originally covered the whole country. In Scotland, tweed manufacturing is most associated with the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides.
What Makes it Stand Out?
- Weather resistant
- Thick and coarse
|Texture||Coarse and rough to the touch|
|Fall||Not suitable for drapes|
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Application and Uses
- Apparel : Hunting jackets ,Blazers , Coats ,Military jackets ,Trench coats, Womens coats ,Pants , Suit jackets
- Accessories : Flat caps , Irish flat caps ,Newspaper boy caps
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New Age Innovations
- Modern tweed more closely represents the English nobility’s interpretation than it does the original rugged Scottish fabric.
- Regardless, tweed’s ability to resist the environment has won it an enduring place in the international fashion world, and tweed garments are still made and sold in reasonably large quantities today.
- Over time, contemporary inventions like Gore-Tex and polyester fluff have given rise to new outerwear technology that has largely supplanted the necessity of natural fibers.
- Tweed has, therefore, become more of a niche or nostalgia item than a utilitarian product.
- It recalls a time when wool, not petro- chemicals, were the world’s fiber source of choice. We just might be on the verge of an age in which natural fabrics like tweed make a major comeback.
How to Judge the Authenticity
- Woolmark and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certifications .
- Hand wash in cool, clean water, 30 degrees max.
- Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, be cautious not to wring, rub or stretch while washing.
- Rinse the garment in fresh water.
- Do not lift the garment up as wet fabric weighs more and will stretch the garment.
- Can be ironed