Our first ever online conference took place in May 2021 in the Home of Harris Tweed®. Three live sessions over the course of two days covered: the role of the Harris Tweed Authority; stories of Outer Hebridean weaving culture; and a live weaver demonstration. Each talk was followed by responses from the speaker to questions raised by our conference attendees.
Session 1: The Home of Harris Tweed®
Lorna Macaulay, Harris Tweed Authority CEO
In this introductory session, Lorna gives an overview of the Harris Tweed® story, sharing details of our provenance and history. She discusses the structure of the industry and the vital, reciprocal relationship between the Authority, the Harris Tweed® mills and the weavers. She explains how the Authority protects and promotes the Orb and the Harris Tweed® brand around the world.
As a bonus, this session made time for questions from the conference attendees. These delve into the history of the Paisley sisters and the Orb; the future of the industry and even the cost of a loom today.
This session is especially appropriate for everyone who works with Harris Tweed® fabric, in a professional or personal capacity.
All proceeds go to the Harris Tweed Authority Educational Trust.
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Registered Charity Number: SC026202