The unique colour of Harris Tweed cloth is inspired directly from the landscape. A flora and fauna directed by the often harsh but always inspiring seasonal changes. This symbiosis is captured beautifully in Ian lawson's recent photography http://www.harristweed.org/store/ ....also available in The HTH shop.
As we head towards late July The Hebrides are an inspiring natural palette. The environment goes into a frenzy with plants and flowers in full growth and bloom resulting in the birds and bees making the most of conditions.
Our crofters are busy too. With most of the peat cut it is time to get the machinery ready for the cutting and stacking of hay. A dry couple of weeks at this time of year can create the perfect crop which eases pressure on winter feeding for sheep and cattle.
In the 21st century there are crofters who weave and weavers who croft not to mention fish. A good spell of weather can mean a slightly sluggish week on weaving. It is the charm of the industry; the character of the cloth. When the Altea collection (photo below) hits the design boutiques of London, Paris and Milan a thank you must be extended to the warming colour of the Hebridean summer.