For women who love to add drama and chicness to their everyday fall and winter wear looks, wool capes and wool shawls are the perfect pieces to add to their ensembles. What can make these capes and shawls even better is an Irish flair that is added through authentic Aran stitching.
On the surface, capes, shawls, and ponchos may seem like one-dimensional garments that just lifelessly hang on the body and have no personality. However, with sharp craftsmanship, creative design, and gorgeous stitching and patterns, the capes, shawls, and ponchos in this selection at Shamrock Gift will bring life, color, and elegance to any woman’s look. Browse this fabulous collection to find the right piece that suits your style, or look for a special piece that will make a great gift for a mother, daughter, or special woman in your life!
Classic Aran Designs
Many of the garments in this Women’s Wool Capes and Shawls collection feature spectacular Aran stitching, which has history and meaning that run deeper than its undeniable beauty on the surface. Aran sweaters originated in the 1890s in the Aran Islands, which are located off of the western coast of Ireland. Fishing was the livelihood of most Aran Island men, so their wives and mothers would knit these sweaters from unscoured wool to keep the fishermen warm during the brutally cold winters. Aran sweaters particularly gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, and they were especially admired for their intricately woven patterns that each possesses special significance. Some of the more familiar Aran stitches include the honeycomb, which represents the diligent worker bees of the Aran Islands, the moss stitch that represents growth and also symbolizes carrageenan moss, which is the seaweed that lines the stone walls of the Aran Islands, and the zigzag, which signifies the cliffs of the Aran Islands. Other popular stitches are the diamond, which represents a blessing for abundance, and success, the basket, which represents the fisherman's basket for good luck in making abundant catches, and the cable, which symbolizes prayers for safety and good luck in the fisherman’s everyday life.
100% Merino Wool Knit Irish Shawls and Ponchos
In addition to showing off marvelous Aran stitch designs, these pieces are also crafted from pure wool. This wool offers luxurious softness, breathability, and insulating warmth, so these garments will have you feeling just as good as you look outside in the fall and winter cold!
Among this selection, you will find a mix of classic pieces, as well as pieces with traditional foundations that are accented with modern touches.
One in particular, the SuperSoft Merino Wool Poncho with Cowl Neck, is designed with a traditional poncho frame that gracefully drapes over the body, and it is finished off with a thick, broad cowl neck collar that not only provides extra warmth for the neck but also adds some rich volume and regal flair to the overall look.
For a fun yet practical fresh take on the shawl, any woman will adore the Irish Cable Pattern Pocket Shawl. What makes this piece a fashion standout is that though it wraps around the shoulders like a typical shawl, it also features a split design at the sides over the elbows, with two broad panels that run down the front and are decorated with pockets that warm the hands. For a whimsical touch, a fringe trim decorates the bottom front hem of the shawl.
With this diverse selection of Irish capes for women, knit Irish shawls, and women's Irish wool ponchos, you will not go wrong in finding a piece that will bring some high-fashion flair to your fall and winter outfits. Pick from a few different styles, or choose a piece and get in multiple colors so that you can add a variety of colorful options to your wardrobe!