Donegal Tweed

We proudly introduce our range of Donegal Tweed Caps

Built on the solid foundations of a rich heritage spanning five generations, the Molloy family have been in the textile business since James Molloy began weaving in the 19th Century.

Located on the Atlantic northwest coast in Ardara, Co. Donegal; this father and son team are synonymous with what great craftsmanship is today. Their wealth of knowledge, skill and expertise comes through from their ancestors and continues to live on in the modern techniques that they have embraced. Inspiration surrounds them from the dramatic beauty of the ocean, to the sky, hills, and mountains of this region famed for its tweed production. It is these elements that are echoed in the intricate beauty of the colours and tones found in their tweeds.

Revered for the colour, beauty and quality of their tweeds, Molloy & Sons are one of the few companies who can proudly claim to create authentic Donegal Tweed. Close attention is given to every process from conception to the finished piece ensuring that standards are met and exceeded. Yarns are spun and dyed locally while colour matching; designing, warping, weaving and dispatch are all done in-house. Working closely with clients and being equipped to respond to specific requests means that quality is always the end result.

Today, Molloy & Sons tweeds represent the history of the past, the ambition of the future, and the ever–present beauty of the Atlantic coast of Donegal. The undeniable allure and quality of these tweeds will ensure that the legacy and tradition of weaving continues on to inspire customers all over the world

‘We weave our own cloth and have it washed and finished locally to the highest standards. We draw on the huge wealth of textile knowledge, skill, and expertise handed down through the generations, and take pride in building on that tradition and heritage to produce the finest Donegal tweeds available. For us service, quality, and authenticity are paramount in everything we do. We perform all the tasks from colour matching, designing, warping, weaving, through to dispatching the finished Donegal tweed.

In our Donegal tweed we reflect the full spectrum of rich colours found in our local landscape. The natural white and black of the sheep, the greys, browns, blues, greens, purples, reds, yellows, and oranges echo those to be found in the sea, sky, hills, and mountains of Donegal. These colours are skilfully blended together in our Donegal yarns, much of which is spun and dyed locally.

Donegal yarns typically contain a base made of three to six colours with added nepps or spots of colour. It is these nepps which are the defining characteristic of Donegal tweed, which can be bright and contrasting, or complimentary and tonal colours, or mixes of each. With our range of yarns literally thousands of patterns, subtle, rich and colourful, but always beautiful can be woven.

Molloy & Sons aim is to create long-standing relationships with our customers by working closely with them as we strive to meet their wishes. We weave our Donegal tweed to customer specifications and are able to match samples, in a variety of weights. We weave plain, simple and dobby weave Donegal tweeds.

Our home is in Ardara, a small village in County Donegal on Ireland’s rugged North West coast where the Blue Stack Mountains meet the Atlantic Ocean. Ardara has always had a very strong textile tradition and is recognised as the home of the Donegal tweed weaving industry.’