Irish Wool Sweaters – Aran Sweaters
Aran sweaters like the ones from Shamrock Gift are a fashion of sweaters, which takes its name from the Aran islands off the west shore of Ireland. There are many styles and designs to choose from, but perhaps one of the most recognisable is that of the Aran sweater. It is named after Aran, three islands off the west coast where the style was first sewn by the women of the fishermen. A traditional Aran sweater is usually white in color, with wide cable designs on the front and sleeves.
Unlike many other kinds of sweater, Aran sweaters feature closed eyes, a great benefit to the wearers of the garment. As well as the closed eye, these sweaters are made with short stitches around the wrist area to ensure that the wrists of the garment are never trapped. The reason for this is that the stitching of the Irish wool sweaters is generally very tight; this tightness adds a special charm to them.
The Irish people are known to be quite protective of their warmest and best quality garments such as their clothing. This protection is shown even in their choice of clothing and Aran sweaters are one of their best choices of clothing to wear. In fact, many people believe these items to be one of the most sought after clothing in all of Ireland and indeed the world. The history of the garments is rich with historical and family meaning. Many of the patterns and symbols associated with the Irish culture are found in the hand-knitted aran sweaters and other Irish clothing. The history of these garments is rich with rich history, tradition and meaning.