Where Tweed Lives

Interweaving the making of tweed with the expansive and spectacular Hebridean landscapes, The Big Cloth captures the spirit of an island fiercely proud of its textiles heritage

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In 2016, filmmakers Nick David and Jack Flynn travelled to the island of Lewis and Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides to make The Big Cloth, a film for The Harris Tweed Authority. (The title echoes a 1970s authority-funded film made by Edward McConnell on the same subject, The Island of the Big Cloth.)

The film introduces a tight-knit community of craftspeople, families (and sheep) that have lived and worked closely together for generations to produce Harris Tweed.

With this distinctive textile in high demand around the world, the film intersects insights of island life with the production of tweed, as they meet dyers, blenders, warpers, yarn spinners, weavers, cloth finishers and stampers whose co-operation, knowledge and skill all go into making Harris Tweed, a product intrinsically linked to this community and environment.