Scottish textile manufacturer Harris Tweed Textiles (HTT) said business with the US had not been hit by the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and plans to stick by its Scottish roots.

The company said it opposed recent media reports that Harris Tweed makers should quit promoting the fabric as a Scottish product, following the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset ali Mohamed al-Megrahi last month.

It follows reports of anti-Scottish feeling and a backlash on Scottish products in the US, which was heavily affected by the 1988 bombing.

However, HTT's mill at Carloway on the Isle of Lewis said business has never been busier, with "order books and interest from the US showing a great improvement in recent months".

HTT director and president emeritus of the American-Scottish Foundation, Alan Bain, said he has seen no evidence of this anti-Scottish feeling and strongly believes in promoting Harris Tweed's Scottish roots.

He said: "After many years of absence for Harris Tweed products in the US market, Harris Tweed Textiles have had an unprecedented level of inquiries in response to the mill's innovation in product design, colour and texture and we expect this to continue over coming months.

"There is strong support of the brand in the US and to distance Harris Tweed from Scotland would be a grave mistake."