The History behind the Aran Sweater

May 11, 2021 7:14 am


Aran Sweaters is a very popular sweater style in the United Kingdom. The Aran sweater is actually a style of sweater that takes its name from the Aran islands off the western coast of Ireland. . A typical Aran sweater is white in colour, made with woolen fabric, with wide cable stitches on the shoulders and cuffs. These are knitted from long, twisted yarns of Irish stock which is then dyed to achieve the white color that you can see on the sweaters from places like Shamrock Gift.

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Many people do not know that the Irish named their country after the Aran Islands because these islands were used by early Irish fishermen as a resting place for their crews before going out to sea. Because of this, many of the early Irish traditions are directly passed down from generation to generation in the families of the fishermen. Because of the location of the fishing areas, the Irish also named the Aran Islands “Ferry Islands” acting as a barrier for Galway Bay.

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Because of the popularity of these sweaters there is now a whole industry based on selling these items to tourists who travel to Ireland. People traveling to Ireland can now wear authentic Aran sweaters made by hand to really feel the texture and comfort of the fabric. The fibers of these sweaters are actually made from a type of rice that is commonly used by farmers all over Ireland to make their daily cooking. One thing I love about these sweaters is that they are made with no artificial dye so they are completely natural and organic. If you are looking for a great new way to stay warm this winter why not try one of these Irish inspired Aran sweater styles?