Blasket Island Ferries
Blasket Island Weaver
For the past 18 years, Sue Redican has worked and lived on the Great Blasket Island, leaving only for the Winter months when ferry services cease. She is maintaining the age old tradition of hand weaving, hand spinning and plant dyeing, a trade that was of huge importance a hundred years ago but sadly, is rarely acknowledged in todays world.
Using local wools and natural fibers, Sue Redican hand creates individual pieces of work for people all over the world. Many Government bodies and agencies have also sought her unique pieces with some even finding their way into Ambassadors residences. Her craft shop is both colourful and traditional, producing exclusive wall hangings and rugs as well as hats, shawls, scarves, bags, table mats and belts, all of which are of exceptional quality. The woven pieces are entirely handmade either on the Great Blasket Island or at Dún Chaoín village by Sue Redican herself.
A visit to her workshop is essential, where you can view first hand the forgotten tradition of weaving and spinning. A selection of her craft is available at the "an Gaílrí Beag" workshop in Dingle Town.