Samer (or “Lappar” in Sweden )
The Samis are an ethnic minority in Norway , Sweden and Finland. Independent Sami Parliament ( Parliament where Sami have the right to vote ) established and recognized by the government in Norway since 1989 , Sweden since 1993 and Finland since 1996.
Owner and designer Åse Öjbro has created wearable mitten art (Åse was also an artist of paints and palettes for over 20 years before deciding to express her art in wool.) She has created this sami inspired pattern on the back of the mitten hand showing the “västerbotten dräll”, with supporting sami col. stripes and with the two color cuff at the wrist. The inside palm has an alternating nail dot pattern.
When designing Lycksele pattern, I took note of “västerbottens drällen” weave technique. I wanted to have a little Sami extension, and added therefore little Sami -inspired stripes in the pattern .It 's been fun to put this pattern together given Öjbros family history.
For how long a time the Nordic people have been knitting wool mittens are unknown. The earliest sign of wool mitten knitting dates back to the 13th century. Öjbro Vantfabrik has a passion to bring the wool knitting traditions of the old into modern days of wool knitting. The outer mitten shell is 100% merino wool and the patented 3 layer polyamide inside creates the Öjbro 3 V-Swedish: ”Varning: Varma Vantar” ===== "Warning: Warm Mittens."
We know you can't try these mittens on in cyberspace, but we can share with you our customer experience. We held 12 trunk shows this summer and every one of the fifty or so men and women loved the warmth, softness, and design of these Öjbro Vantfabrik wool mittens and wanted to buy them on the spot; we took advance orders instead! Now finally in America, from Ted and Åse Öjbro and only at Sweater Chalet.
Knitted in Sweden in Ted Öjbro's small family factory of 100% ORGANIC merino wool, excepting the inner patented 3 layers of polyamide.