Harris Tweed has gone truly international today (Tuesday October 10th) with the launch of the Harris Tweed app – available free worldwide for phones running both IOS and Android operating the systems.

The Harris Tweed Authority – based in the Town Hall in Stornoway – developed the app with funding secured through the Harris Tweed Educational Trust.

The Harris Tweed App allows the user – its design and language is targeted at younger people (most probably 8+ in age) – to access information on the unique manufacturing methods used in the Harris Tweed industry, the role of the 1993 Act of Parliament and Certification of the cloth.

But perhaps more important, it allows the users to design their own tweed patterns, and experiment time after time. And within minutes of the launch, the V&A Museum in Dundee had joined in with some designs.

The Harris Tweed Educational Trust hosted an informal launch of the App at the HTA office today. Pupils from Laxdale School were there to demonstrate the App – and came up with a variety of quite complex designs.

The introduction and welcome to the event came from Norman L Macdonald, Chairman of the Trustees of the Harris Tweed Educational Trust