These cosy organic jumpers from the Isle of Wight are made from thickly-knit organic cotton, rather than wool. The clothing brand Rapanui was set up by two unemployed men, and now has a huge range of organic cotton casual clothes for men and women. Stock up with one or two ((men or women) and enjoy them on colder days. The natural fibres and chunky knit makes for a warm and loosely cut jumper, ideal for a slouchy surfy vibe. Available in a range of awesome colours.
Finisterre also make nice organic cotton fisherman’s jumpers. These are not quite as thick but in a nice mid-weight organic cotton yarn, finished with rolled neck and cuffs, in a subtle nod to nautical heritage.
What is a Fisherman’s Jumper?
It’s simply the name given to warm thickly-knit jumpers, which were worn by fisherman in the early 20th century to keep them warm in rough weather, when out on the high seas. They are often called ‘Aran jumpers’, named after the Aran Islands (off the coast of Ireland). These are 3 beautiful rocky isles, that guard the mouth of Galway Bay on the west.
One resident is Mary O’Hara (if you went to convent school, you will remember her playing the harp and singing ‘Lord of the Dance’). Now in her mid-80s, she became a nun for several years, after being widowed very young (she later married an ex-priest and since his death, enjoys the natural world on these stunning islands).