We work alongside over 140 self-employed handweavers, each one a true artisan and registered with the Harris Tweed Authority. They take hours to meticulously hand-tie new warp threads to the tail ends of the previous warp. This is one of the many processes that must be done before they can start their next weaving project on the treadle loom. Once they begin weaving, each individual warp and weft thread is skilfully woven together under the watchful eye of the weaver.
Dozens of specialised jobs take place at our Shawbost mill, demanding expertise developed over years of training and practice. There are professional wool dyers and blenders, carders, yarn spinners and warpers, cloth finishers and stampers, and many others.