Harris Tweed launches immersive exhibition in the Lake District

Harris Tweed has selected the Lake District as the home of its new exhibition, which aims to transport visitors to the fabric brand's home in the Scottish Hebrides.

A working loom acts as a centrepiece to the exhibition
A working loom acts as a centrepiece to the exhibition

Located in the Rheged Centre in Cumbria’s Penrath, Harris Tweed: From the Land is the result of a collaboration between British photographer Ian Lawson and the Harris Tweed Authority.

The exhibition charts the fabric’s journey from its home in the Scottish Outer Hebrides to its role in the international fashion world. A working loom acts as a centrepiece, while the photos surrounding it depict the characters from the islands, the making of the cloth and the landscape that surrounds its workshop.

Also on display is a collection of Harris Tweed products and objects sourced from the weavers and designers that Lawson has met when documenting the brand, as well as a screening of a new film.

The centre has also set up a dedicated shop selling Harris Tweed products and hosting a programme of associated films, talks, workshops and family events. The experience will be open until 15 May.

Norman Macdonald, chairman of the Harris Tweed Authority, said: "The Harris Tweed: From the Land exhibition is a tremendous celebration of the famous cloth and its idyllic, rural origins.

"People across the globe love the fact that this is a hand-woven fabric designed on the edge of the world. These amazing photographs bring the process to life and chronicle a land which is home to a unique people and culture."

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