Harris Tweed is hand-woven on Scotland’s Isles of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra using local wool and vegetable dyes. Despite its rustic roots, the textile has international renown, gracing limited edition Nike shoes and the outfits of celebrated characters like Miss Marple and Dr Who. Known for its distinctive flecks of colour and peculiar scent (produced by the lichen dyes known as “crottle”), Harris Tweed is as much a material as it is a fascinating story of tradition, community and collaboration.
Last year, British photographer Lara Platman spent seven months on the islands of Scotland documenting the intricate human machinery of Harris Tweed production, from the backs of the Blackface and Cheviot sheep to the artisanal looms and high-end tailors of Savile Row. The result is Harris Tweed: From Land to Street — a stunning large-format book that captures the craftspeople behind this legendary textile. (Tx to Mark at Ticketyboo.)