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Irish Historical Textiles is about delving into the cloth, yarn, and fabric of Ireland’s past, one blog post at a time. How old are Aran jumpers (sweaters)? What role did Irish crochet play in the famine? Did people knit their own clothes two hundred years ago? What does ‘traditional’ really mean? The real answers to these questions are far more exciting than the popular myths that abound.

Want to come along for the journey? Then follow my research diary here (it’s updated every Monday, with a Friday post on interesting links for your weekend reading), and the twitter account here (this is stream of consciousness!). I keep a bibliographical page updated here. Pinterest is a site that organises images into collections – you can see mine on the subject of textile history here. If you have any queries at all about this topic, I’d love to hear from you – please see the contact page for details on how to get in touch.

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