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When Aia Met Harris

Ondarreta's Capsule Collection with Harris Tweed

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When Aia Met Harris
29/11/2019 - Aia is the name of the mountains surrounding Ondarreta's office in the Basque Country (Spain), 'Aia-ko Harriak” (*in Basque language: Stones of Aia).
 
Hillsides with sheer slopes, steep and rocky, these stones and mountains are the inspiration for the shape and design of our Aia collection. A collection of pouffes created by Nadia Arratibel, designer and artistic director of the Ondarreta brand. Sitting on an Aia pouf, is like sitting in nature, on a rock that you find on your journey.

The exceptional finishes in upholstered are differential keys in Ondarreta Collection. It is not only a comfort plus or the wide range of upholstery, it is a fundamental ingredient when create new spaces. Ondarreta is proud to presentthis new capsule collection with the legendary fabric from Harris Tweed, with an inimitable colour palet that the English Lord has been using for more than 100 years. Now, we can find this beautiful fabrics in our Aia poufs by Ondarreta.
 
One of the particularities of the Harris Tweed fabrics, is the wide range of colours that its tweed offers, thanks to the process of pigmentation of the wool. Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world with designation of origin governed by a law of the British Parliament. This law is enforced under Harris Tweed Authority, the entity that holds exclusive power to recognise a cloth as authentic Harris Tweed, guaranteeing that it comes from pure, virgin wool and was dyed, spun and woven by hand by Outer Hebrides islanders at their homes.

Ondarreta’s products upholstered with Harris Tweed will produce an infinite range of possibilities to complete or transform different spaces, from the most classic to the most fun and fresh spaces, with its colour range. This alliance, presented in Paris on the 17th of November, has more meaning when comparing the origin of both firms, both located in mountain and sea landscapes, how to cover up during winter time, and there way of working… especially the quality of designing beautiful fabric without losing tradition and essence.
 
Harris Tweed, the only fabric with certificate of origin
Harris Tweed's history stretches back to the 17th century. The work of women who lived in the Outer Hebrides was to spin yarn from sheep's wool obtained on the island, while men worked mainly in fishing. However, whenever they could not go out to sea due to stormy weather or other reasons, they weaved their wives' handmade threads and used it to make the clothing they wore while out fishing. It is believed that this is where Harris Tweed originated.

Until the mid-19th century, this fabric was only produced for use on the islands or to be sold at local markets. In 1846, Lady Catherine Herbert inherited the North Harris estate from her deceased husband, Alexander the 6th, Earl of Dunmore. Struck by the quality of the fabric and the techniques used to make it, she strove to improve the production process' efficiency and to promote the product amongst Victorian aristocracy and royalty. This functional fabric's resistant and thermal properties made it a popular option for hunting and sport amongst the upper class. As of this moment, Harris Tweed gained in notoriety and was sought after in other places.
 
As the tweed became more popular, cheaper versions of the cloth bearing the Harris Tweed brand began to appear. At this point, it became necessary to guarantee to buyers that the fabric was authentic. Mary Stewart Mackenzie of Seaforth helped to establish the Harris Tweed Authority, which provided coverage to all kinds of tweed produced on the Outer Hebrides.

At the same time, as a way to praise Lady Dunmore's accomplishments, the association established the 'Orb Stamp,' with the Maltese Cross, based on the Dunmore family's coat of arms. This mark of certification (the oldest registered mark in the United Kingdom) was granted the following year. Since then, it has been stamped on the label of each garment to prove that the tweed used to make it is authentic Harris-Tweed.

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When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

When Aia Met Harris

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