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October 16, 2012 By Andy Ross

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Update on the PhD research - Shetland Tweed

Sarah Dearlove, who is undertaking a practice-based PhD through Heriot Watt University in collaboration with ourselves, has written a piece for Unkansthe newsletter produced by the Shetland Heritage and Culture Community from the Museum and Archive. Sarah's article is very interesting because it talks about the tweed fabrics and the designs developed over time, and her research in the archives of TM Adie and Sons held in the Museum. Some fascinating findings have been coming up, including the textures created through the variety of weave structures and finishing of the fabrics, and the combinations of colours and use of the natural shades giving a backdrop to enhance these colours give a definitive Shetland character.

Sarah's contribution includes an appeal for any information relating to the weave of the islands, particularly tweed collections from other manufacturers. If anyone has information or samples, please get in touch with Sarah or send us an email and we will forward it.