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8. Lewis Loom Centre and Harris Tweed

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Lewis Loom Centre and Harris Tweed

The main centre of production for Harris Tweed is now Lewis, where the wool is dyed, carded and spun; you can see all these procesess by visiting the Lewis Loom Centre in Stornaway. 
 
The centre gives a guided tour and lecture on the making of Harris Tweed and its history, with demonstrations of spinning wheels, warding and weaving. There is also a craft gift shop.
 
In recent years there has been a revival of traditional tweed making techniques, with several small producers following old methods such as using indigenous plants and bushes to dye the cloth. One such place is Soay Studio at the western end of Tarbert, which is open from May to September - Tuesday to Thursday. T:01859 502 361. 

The Lewis Loom Centre Address:
The Lewis Loom Centre 
The Old Grainstore 3 Bayhead
Isle of Lewis
Stornoway
Western Isles
HS1 2DU
Scotland, UK

T  +44 (1851) 704500

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