Historically, this sweater has been linked to each Irish clan and their identity. Each clan/family had/has their own knit specific to them. The knit patterns are so family specific that, the aran island sweater was used to help identify fishermen washed up on land after an unfortunate accident at sea.
Each knit sweater contains over 100 000 stitches hand-knit by rare and talented knitters. It can take over 60 days of work to complete one piece. It is not a surprise that they are a highly sought out piece of clothing.
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