If you could name one of the most used and versatile materials that comes with a lot of heritage attached to it then Wool would certainly be top of the list. We have relied on the humble sheep to provide us with it’s excess coat for centuries. Ever since the ancient Iranian’s, Turks and Armenians decided to try and change the evolution of the mouflon (a wild horned sheep still around today) into the more dolce creature you see in the fields today. It’s not just sheep that we get this valuable clothing material from. We also use goats such as mohairs, and cashmere. Each has its own quality but one of the most stylish and practical is that of the Wool from the Isle of Aran.
Mens Aran Sweaters from Shamrock Gift are some of the finest examples and also one of the examples why we still use wool today. These jumpers are not only great ways to keep warm they also have a natural water repellent as well. Perfect for the Irish fishermen as they braved the Atlantic for a catch.
In six thousand BC Iranian’s began to catch wild sheep for their wool. They began to make clothes from the wool of the sheep finding ways to weave it into rudimentary jumpers and trews. This was a lot easier than skinning something and it also meant that nothing had to die to proved the clothing. This meant the sheep could grow a new coat and still provide milk and meat if the need arose later.