Harris Tweed Hebrides lines up at the Ryder Cup

PERTH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Annabel Dimmock and Team Europe during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup at Blairgowrie Golf Club on September 21, 2014 in Perth, Scotland.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
PERTH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Annabel Dimmock and Team Europe during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup at Blairgowrie Golf Club on September 21, 2014 in Perth, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Scotland’s most famous fabric is to the fore at this week’s Ryder Cup festivities with Shawbost-based Harris Tweed Hebrides featured as an official supplier to the event.

The European Junior Ryder Cup team, which took on American counterparts at Blairgowrie in advance of the main event, are kitted out in blazers made from the specially-designed Ryder Cup Harris Tweed.

And the Ryder Cup Village at Gleneagles will feature a range of products which have resulted from a collaboration between Harris Tweed Hebrides and the Edinburgh retailer, Walker Slater.

Harris Tweed Hebrides chairman and former UK trade minister, Brian Wilson, said: “Everyone involved with our company and industry will be immensely proud to see Harris Tweed given such prominence at this major international event.

“Golf, Gleneagles and Harris Tweed form a great partnership which reflects Scotland at its very best.

“It is an honour, shared by the weavers and mill-workers at Shawbost, to have this recognition in another prestigious setting.

“For Harris Tweed Hebrides, this has been our year of sport. We were official suppliers to the Commonwealth Games, now we have the same status at the Ryder Cup and we are working on a third big tie-up which we hope to bring to a conclusion”.

The Ryder Cup Harris Tweed is the creation of Ken Kennedy, head of pattern design at the Shawbost mill.

The company’s creative director, Mark Hogarth, said: “The organisers wanted a fabric which reflected Scotland, the Ryder Cup livery and the colours of the Hebrides. As usual, Ken got it exactly right.”

Pictured are the team sporting the Ryder Cup Harris Tweed. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images.