In celebration of Harris Tweed: From the Land Comes The Cloth

In celebration of Harris Tweed: From the Land Comes The Cloth

The story of that most renowned of fabrics, Harris Tweed, has been captured in a collection of beautiful photographs of its Hebridean home by Ian Lawson, who has produced a book charting his journey through these islands. Which, if you hate hot weather, are the perfect summer holiday destination.

Turquoise seas around the island of Harris

Harris Tweed: From The Land was an exhibition of photographs by Ian Lawson shown at the Rheged Centre in PenrithLawson has now turned his truly remarkable and very beautiful photographs into a book, From The Land Comes The Cloth, in which he charts the 10 years he spent in the Hebrides, working in collaboration with the Harris Tweed Authority. If you've never been as far north as the islands of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra, this book will spur you to go. Dressed in a Tweed jacket, of course.  

Presented in a cloth-bound slip case, the classic edition of From The Land Comes The Cloth costs £135. Available from Ian Lawson.  

Tweed is a wool fabric known around the world, but while it's been woven by Hebridean islanders for many hundreds of years, it wasn't until the mid-19th century that word of it spread beyond the islands. And once the cat was out of the bag, so to speak, Harris Tweed quickly became a by-word for quality, durability, and quintessential Scottishness - and it remains so in the 21st century, 
That history of a fine wool crofter's cloth is told in Ian Lawson's book which takes you on a stunning photographic journey to the heart of the Outer Hebrides. Lawson charts the people, the animals and the places that have taken Tweed to international stardom.
The fabric always incorporates the colours of the landscapes
White Horse
Isle of Harris
Derek Campbell, Coasting Crofting, Scarista, Harris
You can see how the colour of the natural environment are reflected in the cloth
Shepherdess Morag Morrison, Lickisto, Harris
Lawson says the Hebridean islands share a long and rich heritage, steeped in tradition: 'I've discovered so many stories and characters in this beautiful part of the world as I've come to know the men and women who weave and produce the cloth. The book offers an insight into this remote part of the world and the people who bring it to life.'
Lawson's photojournalism depicts many characters from the islands, and of course celebrates the beautiful landscape, the colours of which are woven into Harris Tweed. 
Norman Macdonald, chairman of the Harris Tweed Authority, says Lawson's work stresses the qualities of provenance, design and craftsmanship and gives an insight into a unique people and culture.
The colours of the island make the cloth
Croft, Golden Road, Isle of Harris
Arrival of spring,Ardhasaig, Isle of Harris
Kenny MacLennan, weave, Gearrannon, Lewis
Not contributors to Tweed.. but Hebridean cattle are fine and mighty beasts
Manish, isle of Harris, a land of dramatic weather
The colours of the islands are mesmerising
Lawson's book comes in a Harris Tweed cloth-bound slip cover

Individual prints are also available to buy.

For information on visiting the region, see Visit Outer Hebrides