History of Tweed

Hand LoomMany countries are famous for many things… with Ireland, one of those things is Tweed!

Historically, the county of Donegal, in the north-west of Ireland was famous for it’s tweed, and even today, Donegal Tweed is known world wide for it’s individuality, warmth and durability.

Weaving as a hand-craft, using wooden hand looms, is a skill that goes back many centuries in Donegal. Prior to the 18th century, linen was the predominant fabric woven in Ireland, but since then, it’s has been tweed that the weavers of Donegal have produced to the finest standards.

weaving machineInspired by the natural colours and tones found in the wild landscape of Donegal, like the yellow gorse, the earthy browns or the purple berries, the tradition and look of Donegal Tweed has not changed in centuries…

Among the finest weavers of Donegal Tweed are the Molloy family. Located on the Atlantic north-west coast in Ardara, Co. Donegal; today’s father and son team are synonymous with great craftsmanship. Their wealth of knowledge, skill and expertise comes through from their ancestors and continues to live on in the modern techniques that they have embraced.

weaving machineRevered for the colour, beauty and quality of their tweeds, Molloy & Sons are one of the few companies who can proudly claim to create authentic Donegal Tweed. Five generations ago, Molloy & Sons started hand weaving, and today they remain a bastion of quality and tradition in Irish weaving.

…So when you buy Donegal tweed, you’re not just buying a traditional Irish fabric, you’re buying a piece of history!

“Irish Handwoven tweed, traditionally crafted, is acclaimed for its quality, individuality, versatility and colour blends. It is used in a wide range of clothing as well as soft furnishings.”
Irish Tourist Board