Knitted to a pattern familiar to generations of fishermen's wives, Etre's Gansey is customised with motifs that originate from the centuries-old fishing communities of Polperro and Staithes. These motifs were incorporated as symbols of good luck, and were also used to identify a fisherman's home port or family in the event that he became the victim of an accident at sea. The patterns that appear on our Gansey include seeds and bars, which represent the eyes of the gulls that circled the fishing boats on their journeys, and narrow bands of ridge and furrow, signifying the lines in the ploughed fields where fishermen's families grew vegetables. The garter stitch band around the hem represents the sharp ridges left on beaches when the tide goes out, while the rib at the top of the sleeve signifies the rope ladder in the rigging of a sailing ship.
Each Gansey is hand-crafted from the finest 5-ply worsted wool, spun and dyed in Yorkshire mills that have been turning out the same material for generations. The square shape and characteristic dropped shoulder line of the piece is reminiscent of traditional work smocks—its utilitarian heritage reflected in the underarm gusset, designed to increase freedom of movement.
Made in the British Isles.
|Material composition||100% Guernsey worsted wool|
Dry clean only.
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