About Crotal Harris Tweed
Hi, my name is Annie Mackay and I was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis.
I first began weaving 30 years ago along with my husband when my children were little. It was ideal as I was able to stay at home and still work around the demands of 4 children.
Sadly due to the downturn in the industry in the early nineties many weavers had to find alternative work.
When my grandchildren were born I realised that the demands of full-time work did not allow me enough time to spend with them and I began to consider something different.
My cousin approached me to ask if I knew anyone who would be interested in her fathers Hattersley Domestic Loom as she was wanting to pass it on to someone who would make use of it…. that started me thinking. This could now provide me with the opportunity to be at home and get to spend more time with my grandchildren. From this Crotal Harris Tweed was born.
The name "Crotal" is the Gaelic name for the lichen which grows on stones and rocks and was traditionally used for dyeing the wool. As I wanted the business to have a traditional connection I thought it would be the perfect name for my business.
About Harris Tweed
Harris Tweed is a traditional cloth that has been handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides. - Harris Tweed Act 1993
All our Harris Tweed for sale complies with the Harris Tweed Act 1993.