Or the colours of the Scottish Highlands in a jacket.
This posting is a result of a TV programme which featured a short piece on the history of Harris Tweed. BBC’s very good Coast programme demonstrated how the local wool was originally – in the 19th century – dyed with natural plants including lichens. I was amazed to discover that the yarn is still hand-woven by residents of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra in their own homes – each design reflecting the colours of the local landscape of where it is woven. The six minute piece can be viewed at bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012f9yj (between 39.20 mins and 45 mins) via BBC’s I-player although I understand it’s not accessible for viewers outside the UK. However a 5 minute video from the Guardian online is available and is very interesting and informative, and which shows the weavers at work.
I managed to borrow a Harris Tweed jacket for the purposes of highlighting the variety of landscape colours used (thanks Midge). Viewed from a few feet away, this jacket looks like a brown and green check but upon closer inspection, an array of colours can be seen: purples, blues, creams, coppery-brown.
Further information on the history of Harris Tweed can be found at harristweed.org