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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Classic Irish-Tweed-Jackets-And-Waistcoats Are Back In Style

The Irish tweed is hand-woven tweed that is manufactured in Ireland. That is why it is popular by the name if Irish Tweed. This is manufactured mainly in County Donegal and so it is often called as Donegal tweed. It is quite famous and popular in Ireland. Even people from different parts of the world opt for this. The material by which these Irish-tweed-jackets-and-waistcoats are made is produced in Ireland.

Different Types

The production and weaving of these tweeds started many years ago. At first Ireland could provide various types of these tweed fabrics. These are check patterns, Striped, Houndstooth, Barleycorn, herringbone and even plain weaved. And now it is produced worldwide and is quite popular and considered stylish too. The best and most popular patter is the plain-weave warped in different colours at an uneven distance.

Though this type of fabric is produced all over the world but still it is famous by its origin. Thus it is always labelled as Donegal. Irish-tweed-jackets-and-waistcoats are weaved and wore with pride in many parts of Ireland. Now it is not only limited to Ireland but has been a style statement for many people around the globe. The fine material and texture of this cloth is really great.

Best Irish Tweed Jacket & Waistcoat

tweed waist coatThese jackets are quite comfortable in the winter seasons. Many prefer to wear this to protect them besides creating a style statement with this. You can opt for various patterns and colours for your waistcoat or jacket. You have to choose the best quality and original Irish-tweed-jackets-and-waistcoats weaved by expert craftsmen. This timeless classic style is weaved with extreme perfection.

The quality and style of the traditional Irish weaved clothing varies from that of those modern jackets and waistcoats. This is also termed as Gentlemen’s fabric and was considered ideal for sporting in the 19th and early 20th century. It has become a part of European culture and is widely worn in various parts of the world. It is highly comfortable and cosy to wear in the winters.

Back In Fashion

Nowadays all the classic and vintage looks are coming back to fashion. These Irish-tweed-jackets-and-waistcoats are quite in trend now days. So, you can wear these jackets on any shirt or t-shirts for a super casual look. This will look exceptionally cool and casual besides adding a style statement to your outfit. Even with your formal attires you can wear the Irish tweed waistcoats. This will look great and stylish. The best thing is that the fabric is very comfortable and you will not have any kind of problem wearing it.

Besides wearing in formal occasions, this Irish tweed fabric is a great choice for sporting too. This is fashionable, comfortable and even warm. So, this winter make sure that you have some great collection of Irish-tweed-jackets-and-waistcoats in your wardrobe. You can surely be a unique one with this classic jacket. You have to carry this smartly with confidence. A classic or retro look and hairdo will go excellently with these fabulous jackets and waistcoats.

Women’s Irish Aran Sweaters

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Women’s Irish Aran Sweaters, wool hoodies and Turtleneck Sweater-quality and authentic women’s sweaters, Irish made at Quills woolen Market, Ireland-Famous Original Irish – Aran Sweaters; since 1938. These sweaters are well known for their attractive patterns that they have. They are made of thicker materials and therefore effective for their purposes. White Alan sweaters are the most common which are made currently. The sweaters are made by traditional women who with time have become experts in the knitting skill. The women saran sweater market is located on Inis M’or. You can find these sweaters on this market.

Knitting of Women’s Aran Sweaters

The gametes are made by experienced traditional craftspeople. Before the sweaters are given a certificate of Authenticity which is based on quality. The gametes must meet the required quality standards before they are allowed to be released to the market. Most women and girls share their skills to knit these gametes.

Benefits of women’s Aran sweaters

· The Aran sweaters are made with high quality materials-most women who have bought this sweater before have liked the material of this clothes. They are made of heavy thick material which keeps women warm during cold weather. Get one and you will enjoy this benefit. They have complex stitch patterns with a very colorful traditional appearance. The jumpers are designed to have hoods and necks which are rolled to give the desired warmth in women. The good testimonies by the wearers make the knitter feel a sense of satisfaction and prestige because the designs are just outstanding.

· They are durable and easy to repair. The sweaters are long lasting and are rarely torn and give the wearers the security of repairing costs. However when the sweaters are worn out, they are easily repaired.

· They are cheap to acquire-despite the high quality of these sweaters, you can acquire them at a reasonable price. You will with time realize that the services given by them are not equivalent to the price at which they are sold at. For example you can buy the Ladies Merino Aran Sweater at a cost of $67.39 and the Ladies Turtleneck Sweater at a cost of $73.04. you will realize that they are very attractive to be in with the low cost.

· Quick delivery-from the testimonials that most women give, it is clear that once you give an order, the sweaters will be delivered within a very short period of time.

20_irish_long_cable_coat_charcoal-800x800Women Irish Aran sweaters can be popular gifts that you can give to your daughter and your wife. They can be birthday gifts or Christmas gifts. The clothes have many benefits and you will never regret buying this sweater. Get one today for your wife and daughter and improve your relationships with them. Never be left back. They are available in different sizes and you should never worry that you may miss out your size. They also come in many different colors giving you a chance to choose for your best color. Do not miss getting Women’s Irirsh Aran sweater. They have multipurpose usage.

Ode To The Aran Jumper

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

In recent Autumn/Winter 14 collections, the Aran jumper has travelled from the fields of Aran to the runways of New York. Even Cara Delevingne was spotted in the staple in the most recent Mulberry shoot. Michael Kors and Saccai also feature versions of the knit in their A/W 14 collections. Yes, the Aran jumper is going global, but long before it gained the appreciation of the front row, these unassuming woollen knits were deeply embedded into the culture and history of west coast Irish life, their dark and beautiful history an integral part of Ireland’s most isolated communities.


Aesthetically speaking, the jumpers which originated on the Aran Islands in the 17th century, are intricate pieces of craftwork. The traditional jumpers are all hand-knitted in one piece, taking up to 50-100 hours to complete and comprise up to 60,000 individual stitches. Muireann Quill of Quill Woollen Mills explains that the jumpers each have individual patterns which belonged to a different clan on the Aran Islands and thus each one has a different symbolic meaning. The motif most associated with Aran is the honeycomb stitch, which appears as a hexagon pattern in the center panel. For the farmers and fishermen of Aran, the honeycomb was said to signify plenty and bring a good catch.  There are however up to two hundred known clan stitches. Murieann’s own favorites are the ‘ladder of life’ stitch, which symbolizes the pilgrim’s path to salvation and the moss stitch, which fills the panels between large diamond stitches and signifies abundance and growt. Diamonds meanwhile signify wealth and success.

Not just aesthetically beautiful and traditionally meaningful, the jumpers were inherently practical as well. Made from sheep’s wool, they are warm, and insulating, providing protection from Atlantic winds and winter cold as well as the formidable Irish rain. They are great for repelling water- rather than becoming soggy, they can hold up to 30% of their own weight of water without it actually coming through to the body.

The classic knits have a dark and tragic history- toiled over for hours by wives and mothers, they were originally created with a mournful intent. As wives of fishermen stitched the family patterns into the jumpers, they knew they might be making the last thing their husbands and sons ever wore. Whole families of men risked their lives as they set out for the dangerous but fish-rich waters of the Atlantic each day in order to provide for their families. When boats capsized and sunk, there was little chance of survival. As the bodies of the dead washed up on shore, sometimes days or weeks later, and in an unrecognisable state, the beautiful stitches of their woollen sweaters would help islanders identify the ill-fated men.

The jumpers not only helped the women find the men who had died, they also even functioned to help the men die. Faced with being capsized at sea with little chance of survival, fishermen not only faced death, but a particularly difficult death by hypothermia which could be agonisingly slow and painful. The warm jumpers offered some insulation on entering the water, but as the jumper became immersed it became so heavy that it helped the ill-fated fishermen drown much faster, by pulling them down and quelling their attempts to fight it. As Muireann explains ‘it was their life-vest in a way, a life-vest to save them from one angle of dying but help them along in a faster, easier death when there was no hope for safety out there’.

These jumpers were love letters in wool.

The heart-rending story behind the Aran jumper is what Quill thinks is making it such a popular fashion staple. ‘The reason it takes off so much is the history behind it. There is a story there and that is why it sells so much, especially to people who have Irish ancestry’. Quill’s Woollen Mills has been selling Aran Jumpers since 1938 when Muireann’s grandfather began to sell the jumpers his wife made at local markets, eventually growing into the family business it is today. When The Clancy Brothers appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show decked out in matching Arans their mother had sent over to help them brave the cold New York winter, it propelled them to fame amongst the American diaspora. Since then, Muireann has had popular New York designers contact her about how to make the traditional garments. Quill’s Woollen Mills employs 194 local knitters, often retired women who grew up making the jumpers, and each jumper is hand-knitted over approximately 100 hours. ‘There’s definitely been a boost in sales recently. Last year we had an increase in business of nearly 15% and this year again it is 9% up so far’. When asked what she thinks of the Aran jumper becoming the latest must-have, Muireann says ‘I’m absolutely delighted. I think it was always well recognized, but even in our own family, seeing it get this recognition is fantastic. We love being a part of thetradition and being able to speak about what we knew all along, telling all our stories based around them and making people more aware of the history behind them.’

Muireann Quill is a co-owner and manager of Quill’s Woollen Market

Words by Rachel Lavin @RachelLavin