KT Tunstall showcases Hebridean Tweed

KT Tunstall, Hebridean Celtic Festival 2011

Award winning singer and songwriter, KT Tunstall, showcased Harris Tweed by wearing a specially designed jacket made from the world-famous material, when she closed out the Hebridean Celtic Festival on 16th July.

The festival is a four-day event in Stornoway that attracts 16,000 people, and this year featured KT Tunstall as a headliner. It attracts top acts and local performers alike, injecting at least £1.5 million into the local economy.

The jacket was tailored specially for the occasion by kilt and jacket maker, Netty Sopata whose company Diggory Brown is located on the Isle of Lewis. It is made from 2.5 metres of Harris Tweed and Breanish Tweed (which uses a variety of wools). Both tweeds are handwoven in the Outer Hebrides.

Ms Tunstall chose the material from a swatch selection and the whole process of making the jacket from design to being ready-to-wear took almost 80 hours over several months.

HebCelt Festival Director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are always looking to maximise promotion of our culture, our island setting, and businesses in our area. The jacket is a fantastic design and KT Tunstall looked superb in it. She certainly got a huge roar from the crowd at her show when she revealed it was made of Harris Tweed. We’re delighted she agreed to take part in highlighting this unique brand at our festival. Netty Sopata is to be congratulated for producing such a stunning jacket. ”

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