NATIONAL TWEED DAY
Today is National Tweed Day. Who knew, right? I thought it would be fun to share what I found online about this day.
National Tweed Day is observed annually on April 3rd. This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.
Some people believe that National Tweed Day is celebrated to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed. Tweed was born on April 3, 1823. He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time. While being considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history. He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with millions of dollars of stolen public money.
Others believe that National Tweed Day celebrates the tweed fabric. Originally produced in Scotland, the fabric is a durable, rough, woolen cloth which was originally hand woven. The colors are traditionally earthy and blend well with the Scottish landscape. There are different families of tweed with different categories and styles of tweed that fall into these differing categories. Depending from which estate the tweed represents, the sheep from which the fabric is woven and the pattern woven, it could be a very special tweed indeed. Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Here are a few suggestions from http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com
***Do some research on William Tweed
***Watch Sherlock Holmes, Indian Jones or James Bond movies with family and friends
***Wear tweed on this day. This may include tweed dunks, suits, scarfs, trousers, caps or jackets
***Design a fashionable tweed attire and wear it for the day
***Visit the Tweed Museum of Art (it’s located at the University of Minnesota-who knew??!!)
***Listen to tweed music or Bob Dylan’s “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum”
***Have fun with friends and family at the Tweed River Festival (In Australia!)
***Research the dog which became extinct in the 1800’s called the Tweed Water Spaniel
***Learn how tweed is made
***Go fishing on the River Tweed (In the United Kingdom!)
***Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media
However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.