October 7, 2015
TWEED AND -EFFECT
The term's origin (quoting a fashion dictionary): "tweed is a rough, irregular, soft and flexible, unfinished woolen named for the Tweed river that separates England from Scotland. However, some textile experts believe that tweeds are named after a misspelling of a Scottish word "twill" as "tweel".
Tweeds are made of a two-and-two twill weave, right-hand or left-hand in structure. Outstanding tweeds (fabrics) include Bannockburn, English, Harris, Irish, Linton, Manx, Scotch and Donegal. Tweed roving can be made using a few different fibers (for example: wool, alpaca, and silk) dyed in different colours, which need to be carded together to produce a tweed yarn.
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