WELL the festival had to end but at least it has been a fantastic success.
Praise from a number of sources ranging from the media to the festival-goers has been great.
As we promised, there was a nice story developing regarding one of our local industries and that turned out to be Harris Tweed, with KT Tunstall wearing a jacket made from the material on the stage in the ‘Big Blue’. The jacket was tailored specially for the occasion by kilt and jacket maker, Netty Sopata whose company Diggory Brown is located on the Isle of Lewis. It is made from 2.5 metres of Harris Tweed and Breanish Tweed (which uses a variety of wools); and both Tweeds are handwoven in the Outer Hebrides. Ms Tunstall chose the material from a swatch selection and the whole process of making the jacket from design to being ready-to-wear took almost 80 hours over several months. HebCelt Festival Director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are always looking to maximise promotion of our culture, our island setting, and businesses in our area.
“The jacket is a fantastic design and KT Tunstall looked superb in it. She certainly got a huge roar from the crowd at her show when she revealed it was made of Harris Tweed.
“We’re delighted she agreed to take part in highlighting this unique brand at our festival. Netty Sopata is to be congratulated for producing such a stunning jacket. ” Netty Sopata is a kilt maker to trade (and made the ladies kilts for renowned designer Christopher Kane 2010 autumn collection) but has also spent a year at fashion college learning pattern cutting/production techniques, hence being able to design and make jackets as well.
All Diggory Brown garments and accessories are Designed and Made in the Outer Hebrides. So this is the final HebCelt daily diary for this year. We hope you enjoyed reading it and hopefully we can bring you some insider stories next year!