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Irish Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan, "Aran Legacy"

Product ID: 306711

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In just a century since they first appeared, the textured wool sweaters of the Aran Islands have become “as tenacious an international symbol of Ireland as the harp and shamrock,” writes fashion historian Deirdre McQuillan. It wasn’t until the home crafts movement in the early 1900s that Aran’s distinctive patterns became known around the world. Today, from tourist shops to fashion shows, one can find sweaters based on stitches that were invented by grandmothers and great-grandmothers only a few generations ago.

  • 0.86 kgs
  • 1.9 lbs
  • Garment Measurements
  • 76.2 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 134.6 cm Bust/chest x 88.9 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 30" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 53" Bust/chest x 35" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 73.7 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 127 cm Bust/chest x 86.4 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 29" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 50" Bust/chest x 34" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 71.1 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 119.4 cm Bust/chest x 83.8 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 28" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 47" Bust/chest x 33" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 68.6 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 111.8 cm Bust/chest x 81.3 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 27" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 44" Bust/chest x 32" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 76.2 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 134.6 cm Bust/chest x 88.9 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 30" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 53" Bust/chest x 35" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 73.7 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 127 cm Bust/chest x 86.4 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 29" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 50" Bust/chest x 34" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 71.1 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 119.4 cm Bust/chest x 83.8 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 28" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 47" Bust/chest x 33" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 68.6 cm Length (from high-point shoulder) x 111.8 cm Bust/chest x 81.3 cm Sleeve (center neck to cuff)
  • 27" Length (from high-point shoulder) x 44" Bust/chest x 32" Sleeve (center neck to cuff)

  • 100% wool
  • Features a button closure
  • Dry clean only
  • Made in Ireland.
  • Ships fast from USA.
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411

Peter

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05/09/2014

"Outrageous shipping and handling-$53.90"

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Due to the outrageous shipping and handling charges; I have no product comments.

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Aran Legacy, Irish Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan

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Beowulf

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12/26/2011

"Very well made in Ireland; a classic!"

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This is a classic sweater in the button up cardigan style, made in Ireland by Carraig Donn, a highly regarded maker of Aran sweaters and other wool garments. Its highly versatile: It can be worn with a dress shirt and tie in all but formal business environments, yet it looks equally good with a black T-shirt and jeans. The sweater is 100% wool. As such, it has the best properties of wool, such as warmth and moisture-wicking. I find it ideal for use in the 35-55 degree Farenheit range, with no jacket on top of the sweater. (For lower temperatures, a jacket over it would work fine). Note that it does not have any man-made fibers such as acrylic or nylon; some makers make their sweaters with 10-20% of these fibers to lower costs, but they also can have the advantage of adding strength or helping a sweater keep its form. Bottom line: Very high quality, made with nothing but pure new wool -- but you do have to treat it nicely (dry cleaning is best, as is keeping it folded and away from moths!) The only (minor) negatives about this item are: Because its 100% new wool, it is a bit itchy against exposed skin - but not a problem at all so long as you wear long sleeves underneath. Also, the buttoms are resin. Hardwood would make it a real classic, but also much more expensive and the resin buttons are almost indistinguishable from hardwood unless you examine them closely. All in all, a very nice item that you wont easily find unless you travel to Ireland. Its worth the price, as it will probably last 10 or 15 years if you take care of it.

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ZL

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02/06/2014

"Sizes dont match up"

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I liked the sweater, but the thing was way too small. I would think that a XXL would be plenty big enough for me, because I usually wear an XL. I couldnt even get the sweater on it was so small. It was probably truer to size L.

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JP

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12/06/2010

"Great, Sweater, Comfortable & Beautiful"

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Extremely comfortable sweater. Quality is off the hook. National Geographic definitely has chosen a product that is exceptionally made and functional. Beautifully designed, warm and very comfortable. Would not think twice about buying another one for gift. Great for around the office, airplane travel, does not get rumples or that worn look. Wear instead of a sport jacket to change the pace a little. You will be happy you purchased it!

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tim

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12/04/2015

"outstanding product"

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have worn it to concerts and plays. always get compliments.

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Cathy Kelly

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02/04/2013

"Too small"

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We ordered the medium charcoal color, it was shipped in the white, we sent it back, we got the charcoal, but the medium was too small. We then ordered a large, this was also too small. So now we await an ex large. The medium white one fit just perfectly, I dont understand. Anyway, I ordered this back in NOvember of 2012 for a christmas gift, My husband has NOT been able to wear his christmas gift due to this!

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Verified Reviewer

11/25/2020

"Love it - well made"

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would buy again and as a gift

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11/18/2020

"Beautful alpaca sweater"

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The quality is very high and the design is beautiful. It is a real artisan piece.

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artisan alpaca beautiful quality

Best Uses

  • Very versatile, from spiffy casual to with jeans

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From North Carolina

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11/05/2020

"Great buy"

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Fits and looks great

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Tom

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11/04/2020

"A Perfect Fit"

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Picture is very accurate--beautiful sweater and fits me perfectly. Looking forward to it keeping me warm this winter.

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10/27/2020

"Perfect gift!"

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Very well made, with understated yet rich colors and good stitching. Was a well received gift

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From Philadelphia

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10/25/2020

"Good quality. Super confortable"

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I bought one as a gift and one for myself. The quality is good. The fabric is a little heavier that I expected but has a great feel. It runs a bit large.

Best Uses

  • BBQ, Sight seeing

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