In Western Ireland, right off the coast of Galway is a place where prehistoric Celtic remains lie. A place where antiques and beauty have come from a long line of ancient Irish folklore. This is the Aran Islands.
Here is where the Aran Sweater developed its historic symbol across hundreds of clans. Each pattern having a significant meaning and passed down through generations.
The Islands have long since been a source of creativity for all who encounter its rugged shoreline. It is also famed for its people of courageous heart and resourceful nature, who fought so hard to find life on land which was never supposed to be inhabited.
For centuries, the Islanders have lived by working the land, farming, fishing, harvesting and of course by knitting the famous Aran sweaters that have made them famous throughout the world today.
About The Aran Sweater
The Aran Sweater was originally made for farmers and fishermen working in harsh weather conditions in Ireland. Because of this, it was made to be water-repellent, breathable, and incredibly warm. Made of different wool fibers and knits, the Aran Sweater has developed into a timeless, durable and efficient piece of clothing.
How does it do all of this?
- Water Repellent -The Aran Sweater is made to absorb about 30% it's weight in water before it will even feel wet.
- Breathable -Wool fibers allow the sweater to be breathable by drawing out the water vapors and releasing it into the air - keep your body temp. at an ideal place.
- Warm - Wool is incredibly insulating, and Aran Sweaters are made of 100% wool. There are different types of wool fibers, allowing some to be less "scratchy" and in fact more "luxurious" in feel.