|HometownInis Meain Island, Ireland||SpecialtySweater Knitters||Est.1976|
Inis Meáin is one of the three Aran Islands that lie on the far edge of Europe, thirty miles off the western shore of Ireland. It’s a place of wild and rugged beauty that has enchanted many a visitor. But to make a living on the island has always called for a spirit of independence, resourcefulness and innovation.
For centuries, the fishermen’s garments have been designed, knitted and woven by the women of the island. Stitches that have evolved through the generations reflect the unique island environment: turbulent, amazing seas and skies, wild flora and labyrinths of stone walls. They are all echoed in the diamonds, cables, tree of life, moss and other patterns. Inspired by the unique spirit, environment and heritage of the island, Inis Meáin Knitting Company was founded in 1976 and the rest is history.
The authentic heritage, sophisticated design, beautiful yarns and impeccable finishing of Inis Meáin knitwear are second to none and continue the long tradition of the individuality of knitting on the island.
See below for a tour of the factory courtesy of our friends at Bonne Gueule.