The Öjbro "Ring Dance" wool mitten is inspired by the folk song: “the virgin is dancing with red gull ribbons." Ring Dancing is a centuries old traditional event held at June summer festivals with the centerpiece a Midsummer Maypole decorated with greenery and flowers.
Owner designer Åse Öjbro has created wearable mitten art (Åse was also an artist of paints and palette for over 20 years before deciding to express her art in wool). She has studied the Ring Dance tradition and created this innovative Ring Dance pattern on the back of the mitten hand showing high step dancers framed by red gull ribbons and galloping horses near the wrist. The inside palm has an alternating grey, black and white nail dot pattern set off by a red ribbon to complement the color scheme. "I wanted to evoke movement and color integrated with Swedish folk lore and tradition in an intricate pattern no one before has attempted for wool mittens---thanks goodness Ted could execute it so well in the factory!"
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 polymide 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 polymide.