When between 1880 and 1950 fishermen sailed out, the women at home would knit unique sweaters to keep their heroes warm at sea. These sweaters were the first knitted tops ever worn as workwear. Every village had its own pattern that were passed on from mother to daughter. Unlucky fellows that washed up ashore could easily be traced back to their hometown.
Old photographs of these tough guys inspired Stella Ruhe to research this sweater phenomenon. She succeeded to find over 60 original knitting patterns from 40 villages. In September 2013 she launched her book ‘Dutch Traditional Ganseys’, an ode to this craftsmanship, which has been embraced by many people since.
With Stella we share a passion for authenticity and a nostalgic love for the Dutch nautical heritage. We joined forces and started to recreate these old fisherman sweaters, from WORN to REBORN. These sweaters are made from a soft mix of recycled denim and lambswool. You can wear these extremely comfortable sweaters with an unique story all day long. Unlike the old sweaters, they have a nice zip and double rib collar. Durgerdam, Urk, Harlingen and Enkhuizen are available online and at selected Blue LOOP shops.