The hand-woven fabric was made on foot operated looms, and so was only a half-width 36 inches wide.
The weave is very simple: a light coffee colour in one direction in a plain or hopscotch weave with a dark chocolate colour in the other direction.
The lighter of the two colours has a flecking in the same shade, which gives the fabric the slightly corse appearance.
I have seen a number of very similar Donegal style fabrics, but their flecking has been in other colours such as red or green. These can ruin the appearance of the fabric.
These images are directly scanned from fabric that was part of the bolt that was cut to make Matt’s screen-worn jackets. They have then been colour-matched back to the material to give the best visual representation of the fabric.
Here is what one of my favourite archive books has to say about Donegal Tweeds.
My book also has some information on the style of weave.
I’ll publish the next tweed from Matt’s wardrobe soon, so check back to see the ever popular Shetland Tweed.
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