Sailors shun famous tweed

SCOTLAND is famous for its tweed, a kind of rough woolen fabric of two or more colours or shades. One kind of tweed is Harris Tweed, named after an island called Lewis, with Harris that lies off the northwest coast of Scotland. But superstitious Scottish sailors will never wear a jacket or cap made from Harris Tweed. It is coloured with a dye from a plant that grows on the rocks off the Scottish coast. Superstition holds that these plants "always return to their rocks". So wearing a garment made of Harris Tweed could result in the ship crashing against the rocks! -

SCOTLAND is famous for its tweed, a kind of rough woolen fabric of two or more colours or shades. One kind of tweed is Harris Tweed, named after an island called Lewis, with Harris that lies off the northwest coast of Scotland. But superstitious Scottish sailors will never wear a jacket or cap made from Harris Tweed. It is coloured with a dye from a plant that grows on the rocks off the Scottish coast. Superstition holds that these plants "always return to their rocks". So wearing a garment made of Harris Tweed could result in the ship crashing against the rocks! -

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