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Harris Tweed woven in a herringbone twill pattern, mid-20th century

Tweed is a rough, woollen fabric, usually with a plain weave, twill or herringbone pattern. Colour effects in the yarn are got by mixing dyed wool before it is spun.

Tweeds are an icon of traditional Scottish and Irish clothing. It is good for informal outerwear, because the material is moisture-resistant and long-lasting. Tweeds are made to withstand harsh climates. They are worn for outdoor activities such as shooting and hunting. In Ireland, most tweed making is done in County Donegal.

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