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Protecting The Legacy.
The passing of an Act of Parliament in 1993 brought into being the Harris Tweed Authority, a new statutory body replacing the original Harris Tweed Association set up in 1909. The fundamental role of the organisation was to undertake responsibility for promoting and maintaining the authenticity, standard and reputation of the world famous Harris Tweed cloth. The Authority oversees the production and inspection of the cloth from start to finish and only when satisfied that the article is genuinely deserving of our historic Orb will we brand the cloth with the mark. The mark of the Orb, pressed onto every length of cloth and seen on the traditional label affixed to finished items, guarantees the highest quality tweed, dyed, spun and handwoven by islanders of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland in their homes to the laws outlined in the Harris Tweed Act of Parliament.

The Harris Tweed Act.
The definition of Harris Tweed contained in the Harris Tweed Act of 1993 clearly defines Harris Tweed as follows: "Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides." The Act ensures that all cloth certified with the Harris Tweed Orb symbol complies with this definition and is genuine Harris Tweed, the world’s only commercially produced handwoven tweed.The legislation and organisation allows the safeguarding of the Harris Tweed name, quality and reputation of Harris Tweed ensuring that every metre of the world famous cloth conforms to the same exacting standards and gives legal powers to address imitation and counterfeiting of the cloth worldwide.

Animal Welfare.
Honest by strictly works with suppliers that have a GOTS certificate (view GOTS) or a 100% British Wool Certificate. The National Sheep Association in the UK which safeguards the interest of sheep and farmers within the UK has confirmed that sheep in the UK are not genetically modified; their genetic material has not been altered using genetic engineering techniques. For centuries, though, farmers have selected the best rams and ewes to bread in order to have a higher production quality. All farmers must comply to British and European legislation which has formulated laws regarding good husbandry, transport and animal welfare amongst other things. Dehorning and mulesing are not practiced in the UK. Tail docking happens everywhere in the UK. It is a recognized practice monitored by the government. Some farmers we have interviewed considered this a controversial practice, whilst others believe this practice benefits the welfare of the animals. In their opinion tail docking facilitates the treatment sheep undergo when infected with flystrike. Some sheep breeds, such as Shetland, have such short tails that tail docking is unnecessary. Hebrideans on the other hand are Northern Short Tail sheep, their tail is still quite long but native breeds are more resistant to fly strike if they stay in their natural environment; thus they often also do not get tail docked. Ear notching was an old tradition to recognize one sheep from one farm to another and is no longer practiced in the UK. Nowadays legal requirements force ear tags in both ears of a sheep.

Garment Manufacturing.
All garments were 100% manufactured in Antwerp, Belgium. 
For more information on these garments please visit the product pages and scroll down to discover the Material Information, the Manufacturing details and the Price calculation. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Honest by in case you would have any questions or remarks about our products. contact@honestby.com
For more information on Harris Tweed please visit http://www.harristweed.org

About the photographs. 
Photographed by Frederik Heyman
Make-up and hair: Katharina Schwenk
Wannes at Ulla Models
Nadege at IMM