The beautiful village of Ardara has a long history of weaving and is traditionally known as the capital of hand weaving in County Donegal. Hand weaving was traditionally the main type of work for young men in the area years ago and many boys left school young to join this profession.
Eddie Doherty, the owner and hand weaver of Eddie Doherty Handwoven Tweeds, was no different and left school at 16 when he went to a local factory to learn warping, weaving, and all aspects of the trade. Soon after, he bought himself a loom and worked from home in his spare time creating soft furnishings. Eddie then began working for Magee’s of Donegal becoming one of their outdoor weavers. In 1992, Eddie began to weave full-time and started his business. Now at the ripe age of 73, Eddie is still weaving and has over 50 years of experience under his belt.
Eddie is now one of the few hand weavers left in County Donegal, making his products very unique. He produces a wide variety of goods including lengths of tweed, which can be used to make-up suits, jackets and curtain material as well as other items. His own range includes throws, scarves, ladies’ capes, waistcoats, caps, and shawls. The colours used reflect the colours of the local landscape, and blend well with any outfit or décor. Owning his own craft and tweed workshop in Ardara, County Donegal, Eddie also exports his products all over the world.
Eddie is part of the Donegal Designer Makers – a guild for hand-crafted products in the Donegal area. He sells to craft shops across Ireland and exhibits at several craft fairs. The shop, which has ample parking at the back, is full of the fruits of Eddie’s loom.