• Eugene and Anke Mckernan we make scarves Ireland

OUR STORY

We are Eugene and Anke McKernan, an Irish/German couple based in the west of Ireland and we have been making scarves for a very long time. We operate as a family-run business and our designs are sold in select boutiques, concept stores and museum shops throughout Ireland, Europe and North America.

Eugene weaver hattersley domestic looms woven scarves lough derg

When we began our handweaving company in 1985, we quickly understood that scarves would become our main focus.

Having to earn a living for our growing family, we realised that scarves were one of the few handwoven textile products that would be both financially and creatively interesting.

As a product, scarves have a high perceived value but for us they are also a canvas that allows us to express our artistry, love for colour and appreciation of high quality textiles.

As for the customer, a scarf can both enhance and compliment a person’s complexion and outfit.

Anke McKernan making warp traditional weaving

It can flatter, adorn, comfort, uplift, and of course, protect. Finally, it goes without saying, that a scarf also makes a wonderful gift.

As our business developed over the years, we went through what could be described as our very own industrial revolution.

In 1995 we replaced our handlooms with 120-year-old cast iron shuttle looms, and in 2012 we purchased our first knitting machine.

This venture into knitting proved so successful that we have invested in three more machines since.

Showcase Ireland Dublin McKernan Scarves

Coming into our 35th year of business, we are proud to be one of the most established scarf designers and manufacturers in Ireland.

Woolly or silky, fine or chunky, smooth or textured, we make scarves for every occasion, and we hope that our passion and craftsmanship is visible in all of our products.

Staff McKernan Woollen Mills colourful smiles

MEET THE TEAM

One of our great joys is working with such a talented team, who come to work every morning full of energy, enthusiasm and dedication.

Just a few of them are East Clare natives - most have come here from all corner s of Ireland and indeed, the world - just like our selves.

We love working with our hands and hearts, and it gives us great satisfaction to pass our knowledge down to our apprentices so that the art of textile manufacturing stays alive in Ireland.

Woven and knitted scarves made in Tuamgraney

Together we design, weave, knit, warp, wind, beam, tie, unpick, mend, sew, link, wash, label, press, iron, steam.

When all is done, we package the scarves and send them out into the world.

Find out how we make our scarves