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Why is Scottish cashmere so special?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

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What are the different kinds of tweed?
Nick Fiddes 22 Jun 2016

We offer various different kinds of tweed, largely organised by their source or origin. These are the highest quality tweeds in the world, as proper tweeds come only from the British Isles, and we source from nowhere eles. Each kind of tweed has its own unique character. Which you choose depends ......

How is Harris Tweed made?
Nick Fiddes 22 Jun 2016

Harris Tweed’s characteristic natural hues and rich textures are appreciated all over the world. But few people really know how that wonderful and instantly recognisable look comes about.  So on my recent trip to the Hebrides (accompanied by my glamorous personal assistant) ......

Tartans: choosing from variety of fabrics
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

The “same” tartan (e.g. Stewart Hunting Ancient) can be woven in any number of fabrics, by different weavers. Which you choose depends on how you intend to use it. The main distinctions are:...

What are "Recommended" fabrics?
Admin User 23 Jun 2017

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How do I find the fabric I want?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

We've tens of thousands of fabrics. But it's simple to find just the one for you!...

Tartan Designer: buy fabrics
Admin User 23 Jun 2016

We can weave any tartan you design on our site, normally within about eight weeks. Larger volume orders can take advantage of deep bulk discounts....

Tartan: what is a "Restricted" tartan?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

A “Restricted” tartan can mean many things. Some can be supplied under special conditions. Another might be supplied direct from its owner. Others (e.g. most corporate tartans) are not for public use. Please enquire for more information on a specific tartan....

What are “Custom Design” tartans?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

Tartans described as Custom Designs in our Tartan and Fabric Finder are not officially recorded but have been informally created by users of our free online Tartan Designer facility. Please read the following points carefully before ordering a Custom Design tartan....

Fabrics: what’s the best material and weight for my needs?
Nick Fiddes 21 Jun 2016

We supply a very wide range of fabrics, so we can’t answer every question here. If in doubt, our customer service team is trained to advise on every need, so please just ask! Meanwhile, here are some broad pointers. Materials This depends mostly on your use. For garments, most people prefer......

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