If you buy an Aran Sweater from Quills, you buy directly from where the Aran sweater originated, The Aran Islands,Ireland.
The Aran Islands are the home of the Aran sweater, and the harsh but beautiful environment of these Islands is reflected in the stitches that make up these unique garments. In the early days, these sweaters were created to protect the fishermen and farmers here from the elements, and the patterned stitches used are representative of the landscape and the qualities of the people who made their lives here. The Moss stitch, for example, represents the bright carrageenan moss that was historically an important food source, and the Chevron stitch evokes the Atlantic Sea as it crashes against the cliffs of Inis Mor.
The history of the Aran sweater is fascinating, and you will find many styles and designs inspired by the traditional garment, hand-knitted by the women of the Aran Islands for more than a hundred years. Knitting and weaving are ancient crafts that are intertwined with the history of Ireland, and our clothing and homewares are an excellent choice for sustainability too, as all are made with our top quality local wool