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Johnnie Walker and Harris Tweed Hebrides Develop Whisky Scented Fabric

Johnnie Walker, Scotch Whisky brand and Harris Tweed Hebrides, tweed manufacturer and retailer, recently teamed to create a tweed fabric that is permanently imbedded with the scent of whisky.

The new Harris Tweed reflects the colors of the whisky ingredients while the fabric gives off a scent, named Aqua Alba that was designed to replicate the aroma of a glass of Johnnie Walker whisky.

The “smart fabric” was developed by the U.K.-based Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles & Design experts by using microencapsulation technology. These experts have developed a process that allows the scent to be layered into the fabric throughout the finishing process.

This same technology was used two years ago in a therapeutic setting for a producer of headwear for cancer patients.

Business development manager at Heriot-Watt’s School of Textiles and Design, Jim McVee said, “Smart textiles are a fast-developing sector that offers enormous potential. Our year-long collaboration with Harris Tweed Hebrides (HTH) is a great example of the ways in which we can help Scottish textile companies to develop their business, add value to their textiles and bring exciting new products to market. Fabric technologists at the School of Textiles & Design in Galashiels, developed the prototypes and finishing expertise which will enable HTH to offer products using this technology in future further enhancing the USP of this heritage fabric range.”