In the old days, many families lived by hand-spinning and hand-weaving cloth in their homes. The crofter’s wife made brews of moss and lichen into which to dip and dye the pure new wool from the household sheep. Her husband would then weave the unique family product into cloth to be sold at the tweed market.

Weavers would gather the colors locally - yellow gorse, orange lichen, red fuschia and purple blackberries, and it is these colors that give Donegal Tweed its distinctive flecks. Meeting one of the traditional weavers, you will be able to see for yourself how the tweed is hand-woven on a traditional Donegal loom.

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