The Aran sweater is a style that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. They are traditionally off-white in color, similar to a sheeps wool, and made from 100 percent wool. The distinctly recognizable feature of Aran is the cable patterns woven into the garments. The patterns would typically decorate the chest area. This style of jumper combines artistic patterns with the core requirement which of course was a warm and cozy sweater that could stand the type of weather often encountered at sea by fisherman. The tradition and heritage is still absorbed into the fabric of each garment today but there has been a considerable extension of the colors and styles on offer. ShamrockGift stock a full selection of Irish Aran Knitwear for men, women and children. Aran Crafts have been making Irish Knitwear for over 60 years and are known around Ireland and worldwide for their quality and styles. You can opt for a button-up or zip cardigan, a turtle or round necked sweater, a cross over cardigan, or a ribbed sweater.