Japanese customers are helping breathe new life into a traditional cloth-making industry centered on islands along Scotland's northwest coastline.

Japan, snapping up around 40 percent of the exported products, has become the biggest market for Harris Tweed.

Drawn by the quality of the handwoven fabric, Japanese customers have asked for the material to be made in all kinds of different patterns and colors, according to Lorna Macaulay, chief executive of the Harris Tweed Authority.