Back in Sweden again after the winter break and a trip to warmer climes. The grim weather becomes extra evident when you come home from 30 degrees and sunny. Today’s text is therefore especially good when we want to present a hidden gem in the form of specialist knitwear; Inis Meáin.
Inis Meáin, meaning the island, is the name of one of the islands called the Aran Islands and located in Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. This little inaccessible island with only about 200 inhabitants, believe it or not, one of the leading manufactures of knitted garments in Europe.
The tradition of knitting garment is long on the island. It had long been anything with fashion to make, but only function. They lived entirely by fishing and it was crucial to have warm and practical clothes when you were out at sea. The women on the island developed a unique ability to stick tight and warm sweaters for his men who could be out for a long time at sea. The fact that in many cases cable-knit shirt would be very fashionable cared probably for no.
In the early 1970s, visiting author Tarlach Blacam the island and saw the opportunity to develop the textile industry and the knowledge available on the island. He therefore started in 1976 Inis Meáin Knitting Co. Word spread around the world and the demand for these genuine knitwear increased and the company came to be very important for the island’s economy. The company is also a critical reason for the textile tradition in the Aran Islands has been kept alive.
Nowadays sold their garments in everything from the world’s premier malls to small independent shops acutely aware. The range has widened somewhat and it has added more yarns in baby alpaca, cashmere, silk and linen from some of Europe’s leading textile mills. The design and technology, however, changed. You knit in the same way today as they have always done and the inspiration comes from the dull colors that occur in the area as well as the patterns that always existed on the islands. The company has since some time back even a collaboration with another of our favorite brands namely British Private White toilet.
For those who want to look at the company’s fine garments as they are represented by including Hans Allde, Nitty Gritty and Haberdash Classico in Stockholm and in Oslo and Höyer Strommen, Norway.