Knits All Good Vintage 1970s Authentic Aran Irish Fishermans Sweater



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  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Material: wool
  • Only ships within United States.

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Product Description

There are moments when you’re collecting vintage items when you unwittingly pick up a piece that has a poignant and profound history behind it. That is definitely true of this aran fisherman’s sweater.
When I started to research the sweater I discovered that there is a rich and wonderful history behind this sweater.

“From its origins, the Aran sweater has been intimately linked to Irish clans and their identities. The many combinations of stitches seen on the garment are not incidental, far from it. They can impart vast amounts of information to those who know how to interpret them. Aran sweaters were, and remain, a reflection of the lives of the knitters, and their families. On the Aran islands, sweater patterns were zealously guarded, kept within the same clan throughout generations. These Aran sweaters were often used to help identify bodies of fishermen washed up on the beach following an accident at sea. An official register of these historic patterns has been compiled, and can be seen in the Aran Sweater Market on the Aran Islands.”

How heartbreaking is that? I tried to find out which clan this particular sweater belonged to but there are just SO many different clans that it was impossible to pinpoint the right one. I had no idea that this was a tradition in Ireland.

This sweater is a TRUE GEM. It’s in wonderful condition. Cream colored, 100% wool handspun, handwoven with wood buttons down the front.

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Measurements: bust: 22″, Women’s m-l, mens small


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