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For information about the making of Harris Tweed, am grateful to: Janet Hunter, The Islanders and the Orb (Acair Ltd, 2001); various newspaper articles and library leaflets; the British Wool Marketing Board; and the Harris Tweed Authority.
While making this book I spent time with many weavers, mill workers, farmers and crofters, tailors and pattern cutters, and I would like to thank them all for being so helpful and encouraging and for allowing their photographs to appear in this book.
I am grateful to Lady Anne Dunmore, the Society of Authors, the Hosking Houses Trust, Alan Baine, the Doune Braes Hotel in Carloway and Rapid Eye Processing in London for their support for this extended portrait project, which allowed me to make it as detailed as possible.
I would like to thank Guy Hills, Deryck Walker, Sara Berman, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Judith Clarke and Margaret Howell for providing text and pictures for the fashion section on pages 122--7.
I would also like to thank with great admiration Maria Charalambous for her wonderful graphic eye; Anne Askwith for putting my grammar in order; and Andrew Dunn, who believed in this publication right from the beginning of my enthusiasm to make a book about this fabulous industry.
Lastly I would like to thank Patrick Grant for kindly writing the foreword and Guy Hills for writing the introduction to the fashion section.
It's the biggest fictional hero endorsement to hit the Hebridean textile industry since Sherlock Holmes chose a Harris Tweed deerstalker. Our revelation on Saturday that the jacket worn by the eleventh Doctor Who, Matt Smith, is a vintage Dunn & Co two-by-two dogtooth will, we hope, galvanise fresh interest in this great, 100 per cent new wool cloth - a material that should be as synonymous with Britain as denim is with the US. The Times 31 March 2010