Commonwealth Games presentation parties will wear Harris Tweed

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Harris Tweed Hebrides has supplied a specially-commissioned deep blue fabric which will be worn by presentation parties at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.

The tweed was woven by Donald John MacDonald of Barvas for the Shawbost mill, giving the West Side of Lewis a special reason to celebrate the passage of the Queen’s Baton on its Western Isles stages next week.

Mr MacDonald said: “It is great to have this direct association between Harris Tweed and the Commonwealth Games.

“The tweed I was asked to weave by the Shawbost mill is really lovely and quite complex.

“It will be seen by a huge international audience and I hope it will give another boost to our industry.”

Over 50 kilts and jackets have been cut in the striking deep blue Harris Tweed and are set to be seen by over one billion people across the globe during the course of the games.

Harris Tweed Hebrides chief executive, Ian Angus MacKenzie, said: “We are very proud of the part we are playing in Scotland’s summer of sport.

“As well as the Commonwealth Games tweed for the presentation parties, we are official suppliers to the Ryder Cup and that collection has created a great deal of interest.

“It all contributes to the profile of our product and that can only represent a further boost not only for the team at Harris Tweed Hebrides but also the weavers and the whole island economy.”

A Commonwealth Games team visited Shawbost in March to shoot a video on the making of the fabric and were overwhelmed by the complexity of the process and the dramatic beauty of the Island.

The video will be used for continuity as well as featuring on a “making of the Games” programme to be broadcast later this month.

Pictured is Donald John MacDonald at the loom making the special Tweed.