Inis Meain knitwear
Grey donegal fleck
Internal breast pocket
2 external pockets with flaps
70% Merino wool 30 % Cashmere
Extremely limited piece
Made in Ireland
Felix wears a Medium and is a 40R chest
His longest, epic poem is Seanchas na Sceiche, or a Contention with an Ancient Hawthorn Bush (over 100 verses). In it he berates the bush, which he found by the roadside and which failed him in his search for shelter.
This poem serves as the theme for our collection. We imagine Raftery sheltering by the bush in his long coat. His dress was often remarked upon, especially his coat – Cóta Raiftearaí – which is the inspiration for the key piece of our AW2018/19 collection.
Our coat is not in the coarse frieze that would have been common in the 19th century. Instead it is knitted in a beautiful soft Donegal blend of 20% Cashmere/80% Merino. In fact we have moved a large part of the collection up into a finer softer quality blend of Donegal cashmere and merino.
Inis Meáin Knitting Company
Inis Meáin Knitting Company was founded on the island in 1976 by Tarlach de Blácam and Áine Ní Chonghaile, inspired by the unique spirit, environment and heritage of the place. Tarlach was a graduate in Celtic Languages from Trinity College Dublin and had gone to Inis Meáin in the late sixties like the previous scholars to immerse himself in the language and culture of the island; Áine was a native of Inis Meáin working as a teacher in Dublin in the early ‘70s. When the pair married in 1973, they were determined to make their home on the island. The only question was how to make a living there.
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.