Inis Meáin Knitting Company produces the highest quality handmade garments based on the traditional patterns and methods developed by generations of islanders. Classic patterns updated with luxury yarns such as cashmere, baby alpaca, linen and silk. They pride themselves in producing the highest quality hand knitted garments. It is not so much a business but as like all the best practices, it is a way of life.
When visionary Inis Meain manager Tarlach de Blacam took over the local co-op knitwear company in the 1980s he quickly introduced new machinery that worked seamlessly with local knitting expertise.
Then, he substituted local yarns with high quality imported wool, favouring Italian cashmere and South American baby alpaca. Crucially he also modernised Inis Meain’s business practices and made the international contacts that transformed the homespun co-op into the luxury knitwear brand with a global cult following that it now is.
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