Harris Tweed has received a grant of arms to protect the iconic cloth against any unauthorised use.
The Harris Tweed Authority was presented with an official letters patent at a ceremony in Edinburgh today.
It means that Harris Tweed, which is defined as cloth hand woven by the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra in their own homes, using pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, is the only material in the world that can be presented as Harris Tweed and bear its Orb certification mark. It is in addition to the Harris Tweed Act of 1993.
Norman Macdonald, chairman of the Harris Tweed Authority, said: “Being awarded a grant of arms is a historic milestone for Harris Tweed which has fought for decades to protect the sanctuary of the Harris Tweed cloth.
“It’s the ultimate protection for our products which are known for throughout the world for consistently high standards of quality and authenticity.
“It’s an honour to receive the grant of arms from Lord Lyon himself and we are grateful to be able to ensure the security of our cloth and its heritage for generations to come.”