This book records and celebrates the achievement of Cleo in commissioning and promoting handknitting and handweaving through an era when few in Ireland appreciate its value. Knitting and weaving have long had a powerful emblematic status in the world-wide image of Irish craft and culture.

About the author: With a long-standing interest in the material culture of clothing, Hilary O’Kelly graduated from the History of Dress course at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her research, focusing in particular on dress and the everyday, has embraced themes of cultural politics, identity, religion and emigration. She lectures in the faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin.