Harris Tweed is more than a type of cloth that has a practical and fashionable application. Himalayan Tweed, TAASH is a way of life and a tradition that contributes to the social and economic circumstances of one of the most remote and depopulated areas of the Himalayan ranges.
WHAT IS HIMALAYAN TWEED?
Himalayan Tweed – Taash is often known as the intricate fabric, is a Handwoven Himalayan fabric that is made on a handmade wooden Khaadi or handloom by the local artisans at their homes in Kinnaur, upper areas of the Himalayas.
Until the mid-nineteenth century, Himalayan Tweed was used only on their ranges or sold at local markets. However, since then, Himalayan Tweed has become a great wardrobe brand globally and is worn by everyone from royalty to all-star icons.
The rare character of Himalayan Tweed is that it is the only fabric produced in commercial quantities anywhere in the world. Hundreds of distinctive patterns have developed over the centuries, each is unique with its own characteristically subtle designs and complex natural shades.
HARRIS TWEED PRODUCTS
Taash is the largest producer of Harris Tweed Fabric globally. Taash not only supplies India but exports the unique fabric all over the world, with the UK, Japan and increasingly India important markets for Harris Tweed. Even with the global success of Taash the same production techniques and skills are employed that have been used for decades on the islands.
Some Himalayan Tweed Fabric Products:
- Interior Collections
- Ladies Accessories
- Men’s Accessories
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
- SHEARING AND WOOL GATHERING
The Himalayan Tweed narrative starts with pure virgin wools, which are blended together to acquire the advantages of their unique qualities and characteristics.
Even though the majority of the wool is grown mostly on the mainland, in the first summer, the ranges communities join together to round up and shear the neighborhood sheep, that are dotted through the landscape.
- WASHING AND DYING
Himalayan Tweed is really dyed in the wool, which means the wool is fiber dyed before being spun as opposed to dying spun yarn. This usually means the mill can gently combine different colored wool with each other to create a myriad of intricate colors and colors.
The colored and undyed natural wool are weighed in predetermined proportions and then thoroughly blended to exact recipes to obtain the perfect hue. This wool is then carded between mechanical, toothed rollers which tease and mix the fibers thoroughly before it is separated into a fragile, embryonic yarn.
This soft yarn then has a spin imparted to it since it is summoned to give it maximum strength for weaving. The spun yarn is wound on bobbins to supply the components of weft (left to right threads) and twist (vertical threads).
This extremely significant and very skilled process sees tens of thousands of warp threads accumulated in long hanks in a very specific order and wound onto large beams prepared to be delivered, together with yarn for the weft, into the weavers in their houses.
- HAND WEAVING
All Himalayan Tweed Fabric is handwoven on a treadle loom at each weaver’s home, not at a single mill. The warp and yarns for the weft arrive from the mill, and then the weaver places to work hand-tying the new yarns to the tail-ends of the previous weave, to make it easier to thread on the loom. It is then a matter of steadily weaving the fabric, always observing the fabric as it is slowly woven together throughout the loom.
The tweed contributes to the mill in its greasy state’ and here it passes through the nimble hands of seasoned and sharp-eyed darners who fix even the tiniest of defects. Once ready, the fabric is completed. Dirt, oil and other impurities are removed by washing and beating in soda and soapy water before it’s dried, steamed, pressed and discharged into a perfect, perfect condition.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Himalayan Tweed fabric has been much sought after by the major fashion houses of the world. Himalayan Tweed fabric is used by many star icons. With the great advancement and marketing of the Himalayan Tweed fabric, the Himalayan Tweed products can be found anywhere across India.