Tarlach di Blácam
Not many people outside the industry know Tarlach and even those within who do, do not fathom the importance of what he has achieved or rather the large positive impact he has had on the world.
A former celtic scholar, Tarlach got involved in community development in the islands and together with his wife founded the Inis Meain Knitting Co. as part of the effort.
Over the years, Tarlach has spent countless hours not only learning the native techniques of creating the legendary hardy knitwear but also involving the local craftsmen, thereby making the community self-sustainable in these modern times.
He and family have taught themselves and others how to use automatic machines, their limitations, modify them and create hybrids to build a unique production line; all while holding the integrity of the product premier.
Tarlach is a very humble gentleman, who more often than not, refrains from mentioning any of this, only showering praises on the resilience and the history of the islands. (he does not even mention his name on the website)
But I believe, in this case there is a bigger story to be told.
I often wonder, if we only make clothes, and worse, clothes that people do not even need. However, Tarlach has elevated his work to not only preserve and create something beautiful but also pave a way for it to be self-sustainable for a long time to come.
Sir, you are a sincere inspiration.
28th June 2013