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Lake District-based photographer focuses on Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed exhibition image Image copyright Ian Lawson
Image caption Ian Lawson travelled around the Western Isles to capture his images

A new exhibition celebrates a photographer's work documenting the process of making Harris Tweed.

Manchester-born Ian Lawson travelled around the Western Isles to capture his images of crofters, their sheep and the weaving of wool used for the tweed.

The project was carried out over the course of 10 years in collaboration with the Harris Tweed Authority.

Lake District-based Mr Lawson's photographs will be at Rheged Centre Gallery in Penrith until 15 May.

Image copyright Ian Lawson
Image caption Crofter Norman Gillies
Image copyright Ian Lawson
Image caption Sheep being gathered at Hushinish, Isle of Harris

The exhibition, called From the Land, will also be held at the An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway from 1 July to 16 August.

Harris Tweed is hand-woven on the Western Isles.

Mr Lawson sought to capture the people and landscapes associated with the manufacture of the cloth.

Image copyright Ian Lawson
Image caption Crofter Morag Mackinnon

Earlier this month Harris Tweed's orb trademark was officially recognised as a coat of arms.

For years, the mark has identified tweed made from cloth woven by hand in the Western Isles with wool yarn from island sheep.

The Lord Lyon, King of Arms, has granted that the orb be the industry's coat of arms.

The Harris Tweed Authority said the recognition would provide a further layer of protection from imitations.

The orb will be incorporated into a shield to become the coat of arms.

Image copyright Ian Lawson
Image caption Scarista, Isle of Harris
Image copyright Ian Lawson
Image caption Mr Lawson spent a decade on the photography project
Image copyright Ian Lawson
Image caption The images will be exhibited in Penrith and Stornoway

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