Irish Woven Lambswool and Handwoven Tartan Wool Scarves

Welcome to Penguin Designs! This is a place where you can learn a bit of the history of Irish Antarctic Explorers and the tartans created in their Honor. Learn their stories and marvel at the courage and fortitude it took to brave a cold and hostile environment in wooden boats and seal skin clothing. Then learn the story of the creation of the Edward Bransfield Commemorative Tartan and the scarves that are offered here.I am the weaver who designed the tartan that honors Edward Bransfield, the Irishman who was the first to see, map and chart the 7th Continent. Here you will meet others who joined me in the journey from idea to tartan to scarf. This is an unusual website about unusual people. Enjoy the ride as we grow. Follow Penguin Designs as we offer new products and designs to honor other Irish explorers who followed in Edward Bransfield’s footsteps.

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What Our
Customers Say

I love Gael Gisvold’s new tartan for many reasons. Celebrating Edward Bransfield’s discovery of Antarctica with the shades of the Antarctica land and seascape is such a cool idea. The colors are beautifully woven in to a fascinating story of this icy, harsh environment. My scarf is soft and warm. The colors match most everything that I own. Being Scotch Irish myself, I appreciate the interesting histories that so many tartans can tell.

Christine Crossan Bogart