Donegal Tweed

Many 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.

Inspired 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…

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.

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Our Tweed Suppliers

At Irish Tweed Jackets, we hand craft all our garments from tweeds from two different sources in Donegal…

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The first of those is Magee’s. Established in 1866 in Donegal town, Magee’s are world famous for producing the finest in quality tweeds. Today, in it’s 5th generation, they still hold the traditions and standards of the past. Revered for the colour, beauty and quality of their tweeds, Magee’s have, for a long time, been a worldwide brand.

Tweed Weaving MachineOur other source for Donegel tweed are Molloy & Sons. 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. Today they remain a bastion of quality and tradition in Irish weaving.

Both Magee’s and Molloy’s are two of the few companies who can proudly claim to create authentic Donegal Tweed fabrics in Donegal, Ireland, to the highest of quality standards.

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

DID YOU KNOW?

Not all fabrics labeled as ‘Donegal Tweed’ are actually made in Donegal, let alone Ireland! As Donegal Tweed is not a legally protected term, so long as the fabric has the ‘look’ of a traditional Donegal tweed fabric it’s allowed to be called Donegal Tweed… Here at IrishTweedJackets.com we ONLY use genuine Donegal tweed fabric made by Magee’s of Donegal and Molly & Sons, Arada, Donegal; both weavers with over four generations of tradition, craftsmanship, and expertise behind them.