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Posted By: GUEST,Beachcomber
22-May-20 - 10:33 AM
Thread Name: arran sweaters - a sad loss
Subject: RE: arran sweaters - a sad loss
Yes, all great fun indeed and only singers with a baritone voice can wear one with any credibility..
The Aran jumper was knitted by the women of the Aran Islands, from the homespun wool, for their Fishermen. They hardly had enough arrable land between them all to warrant being termed "farmers" though, no doubt, the rain resistant properties of the clothing was welcome too.
As I understand it, the pattern of the knitting varied between the islands and, indeed, often between families as well, dependent on the preference or skill of the knitter. This distinction of pattern had an added value as it meant that, in the unfortunate and tragic circumstances that one or more of the men might meet with an accident of some kind at sea, the pattern on the sweater would help to identify them, should they be washed ashore on the mainland, after a certain time.