Irish Tweed explores the history, the traditions, the patterns, the fashions and the legacy of Ireland’s distinctive, natural woven fabric.
From Donegal cottages to the world stage, tweed has evolved and reinvented itself many times to weave its beautiful and lasting way into our hearts.
‘To be human is to be involved with cloth.’
Irish Tweed explores the history, the traditions, the patterns,
the fashions and the legacy of Ireland’s distinctive, natural woven fabric.
Arising from ancient woven traditions of brat (cloak), léine (tunic), linen and poplin, tweed has evolved and reinvented itself many times to weave its beautiful lasting way into our future fashions and psyche.
wonderful little books which reflect the old ways …fascinating … part of a series by The O’Brien Press, exploring and celebrating Irish heritage and I could not think of a more appropriate time for readers than now, to delve into what makes this small but beautiful country of ours so unique – apart from our extraordinary healthcare workers
rich with tales to beguile
[O’Brien Irish Heritage series] is building up to be a handsome collection of well produced hardback books, well illustrated by photographs and drawings, complete with ribbon bookmark … a comprehensive history of this distinctive natural fabric which has been produced here since very ancient times … through this book you will discover the history and origins of Irish tweed, how it is produced … another one deserving of the family bookshelf
Dress and textile scholars with an interest in Irish tweed have much to gain from this publication … it is not only invaluable to scholarly research within this subject area but has the potential to be extremely interdisciplinary. Scholars in other fields such as history and anthropology could find the book informative and enlightening. This text is an extremely comprehensive introduction into the history and origins of Irish tweed. The author truly highlights the rich beauty and value of the textile. It is made clear that while tweed has a humble beginning as a utilitarian textile, it is also extremely beautiful in its artistic nature and should be cherished by all in the contemporary
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