The striped Fana sweater is the most famous of the different kind of Fana sweaters that exists, and it originates from Fana outside Bergen.
This garment can be traced back to the middle of the 1800s, and people then called them “everyday sweaters”. The most common colours used were natural sheep black, brown or grey, but natural dyed blue was also used together with unbleached white. The yarn was thin double plied or triple plied wool and the needles also thin, 2 mm or less. The buttons used were usually made of pewter, although silver and wood were also used.
It seems that city people became interested in the Fana sweater at around the turn of the century. They travelled to the countryside in the summer and was inspired by this lovely sweater. Making them became a source of income for the local people. Wives and daughters began to knit for sale to city people.
At the end of the 1920s and during the 1930s, the world of commerce became interested in the Fana sweater. A knitting pattern was developed by a knitting shop in Bergen, and there were also held courses in how to make it.
At the end of the 1930s young girls began to use the sweater. They used it for school, for hiking and during sports activities. By this time the Fana sweater was known throughout Norway, and after the Second World War it was mass produced in several factories. At the Olympic Games in 1952 the Fana sweater practically became the “skiing uniform”
It is now made in numerous colours and variations of pattern combinations.
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