Wear a contemporary Irish classic this winter with the Soft Merino Ladies Diamond Aran Sweater from Saol. Made from 100% Merino wool, this sweater is soft to the touch, warm yet breathable, and highly refined. The intricate geometrical patterns are a modern spin on the traditional Aran fisherman sweater, a staple of Irish knitwear for generations.
The Aran sweater dates back to the late 19th century when knitters began adding raised textured patterns to give previously flat sweaters extra insulating layers that came in handy when they were worn out on the Atlantic waters by local fishermen. The patterns themselves reference this heritage. The diamond suggests a prayer for a bountiful catch, whereas the honeycomb is an ode to the prolific bee industry that fared on the island. Today, people worldwide covet Irish sweaters for their quiet elegance and classic style.
Saol is one of the leading manufacturers of contemporary Irish knitwear. Inspired by the traditional Irish fishermen’s sweaters first created over a century ago on the remote Aran Islands off Ireland’s west coast, Saol carries on the tradition of fine craftsmanship, intricate detail, and durable materials to create dramatic and lasting knitwear for women and men.