The Bonkos mittens are knitted from soft and thick two threads wool yarn on thick sticks. They are made especially warm by carding the wool and are knitted in the sheeps colours black, grey or white. Some are also decorated with coloured embroidery around the wrists.
The Bonkos mittens are originally from Kåfjord in Nord Troms municipality. Before the WW2 it was common to knit them to sell at the fairs at Bosekop and Skibotn. The mittens were knitted by both men and women (and children) and the yarn was spun by hand at their homes.
It is not certain where the name Bonkos come from, but it could be Sami.
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