not twee TWEEDY

photograph: Chanel A/W 2016 ready to wear Initially produced in the Outer Hebrides in the 18th century, crofters often recycled worn out knits by introducing coloured mungo (similar to shoddy, both of which were recycled or left over fiber. Mungo is derived from cleaner shredded clothing sources, including knitwear, allowing slabs to be introduced into the yarn as it is spun. Tweed essentially a rough twill, insinuated itself into aristocratic country life, including Prince Albert, especially those purchasing Scottish estates in the early and mid- 19th century. After Prince Albert designed a Balmoral tweed, estate tweens became a necessary accourement for aristocrats. Since both employer and employees wore their estate's tweed, it transcended class despite contemporary perception. Early estate tweeds originated from the black and white Shepard check (sheep herders) according the the historian of tweed, Edward P. Harrison. Marled yarns with slabs of various colours appear later did indeed provide hunters with some camouflage.






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