Harris tweed wallet

by | Democracy (↓) | Usefulness (↑) | 0 comment | 0 question

This wallet is covered in Harris tweed and features the Harris tweed mark of authenticity on the front. Inside it is made of black faux leather and has slots for all my cards and two sections at the back for cash and other things. It doesn't have any kind of fastening.

Where and how is it used?

I use it whenever I go out as it carries my debit and credit cards, student ID, membership cards and discount cards, plus any cash. When I'm out it is in my trouser pocket. When I'm at home it's on the shelf in my hallway.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

It was gift so I don't know, but I just Googled it and similar ones are selling for around £15.99.

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Because it connotes authenticity with its trademark so prominent, but in actuality, that only applies to the origin of the cloth. I have no idea where the other components were made or where it was assembled.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

Don't know, other than the cloth must have been woven in the Outer Hebrides, as per the badge of authenticity.

Who was paid to make it?

Don't know

What skills does it take to make it?

Weaving, sewing

Where was it made?

Cloth in the Outer Hebrides; don't know about the rest

What does it cost to make it?

Don't know. I imagine little as it's probably made from scraps of materials unusable elsewhere.

What is it made from?

1. Cover material:

Dark grey Harris tweed cloth with flecks of lighter grey. Could be undyed wool from native breed sheep.

2. Lining:

Fake leather, black. Has a slight leather-effect 'grain' to it. Could be made from PVC or similar artificial material.

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Retailer

Who or what assesses its quality?

Weaver, factory workers

Where is it sold?

Online and presumably in gift shops in the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland as part of the tourist industry

Who or what sells it?

Retailers

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

It was a gift

Where is it used?

Wherever I am

Where is it kept?

In my pocket or at home in my hallway

How and by whom is it cared for?

It takes no care

How long will it last?

Perhaps five years maximum before it wears out due to friction of being in my pocket

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Probably landfill as it's made of composite materials and not clearly recyclable

What is it worth?

I would be happy to replace it at £15 maximum


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