Aran sweaters used to identify dead bodies?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Ahh... the fisherman sweater! The coziest of cozies! The warmthiest of the warmths! (wat?)

But does underneath all that wooly goodness lie a morbid truth?

(from Plaidout)

There is a legend that Fishermen/Aran Sweaters, with their unique knit patterns, were used in Ireland to identify the bodies of fishermen washed up on shore. Apparently this myth was based on a 1904 play Riders to the Sea, by J. M. Synge (where a wife identifies her husband's body based on the stitching of his sweater). The more you know!

(Prada in Vogue via HBG)


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