Telemark Leg Warmers
Norwegian folk costume—bold graphics from Fana, iconic lice-stitch patterns from the Setesdal valley, and Selbu mittens and accessories—comprise most of what we view as traditional norwegian knitting. The bold geometrics in Fana garments, popular in black or brown and white during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originated as part of men’s traditional costume. The lice-patterned sweaters from the Setesdal valley—white patterning and geometric color-work against a black background—can be traced back to the 1840s. Selbu knitting originated with a pair of black-on-white patterned mittens knitted by a young girl in the mid-1800s. All three of these traditional components—graphic motifs, lice patterning, and black-on-white colorwork—are united in this pair of contemporary leg warmers.