Aran Sweater (n.)
A bulky, cream-colored wool pullover sweater with complex stitching patterns named after the Aran islands off the coast of Ireland.
Sometimes called a fisherman’s sweater, the aran sweater provides warmth and water resistance for the wearer.
Traditional Aran sweaters were knitted using lanolin oil wool (wool that has not been washed) by the wives of Irish fisherman.
The sweater has decorative and symbolic stitch patterns on the front; the most common being two cable-like patterns running down each breast.
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