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An Important part of the Woman’s National Dress

From an exhibition of handicrafts in Tilhaldið in Tórshavn, a center for retirees, where one of their many activities is knitting

A very important part of the woman’s national costume is the knitted blouse. Although it is very traditional, it has changed through times, according to how the young girls wish for their costume to look. Changes are made to the colours and patterns of the blouse, as well as to the length of the sleeves. Not many years ago, most blouses were in stranded knitting in the colours red and black or dark blue, and the sleeves were short.

The black blouse with long sleeves belongs to my daughter. Her grandmother made ​​it according to her wishes. Plain blouses with long sleeves are seen more and more. The short sleeves are cold if you mostly wear your dress outdoors.

The red blouse is knitted in a traditional Scandinavian pattern. In Faroese it is called “rokkarnir”, the spinning wheels. Very nice finish with a braided edge.

The blue blouse is knitted in a traditional Faroese pattern for the woman’s blouse, and the edges are in black velvet.

7 comments to An Important part of the Woman’s National Dress

  1. Jordin says:

    Those blouses are just lovely! I wish to one day visit your lovely Island and marvel at the beautiful knitting!

  2. Elly says:

    Hey Hanne – I’d love to be able to go and see this – is it still there, and can anyone go, any time? (I live in Fuglafjørður so I’m not familiar with Tilhaldið!)


    • Hanne says:

      I think it’s the last day today, Friday. It is open until 6 pm. Tilhaldið is very close to Steinatún, where the red busses stop.

  3. Elly says:

    Aaah, I missed it :(
    Oh well, perhaps there will be another one, and I will be quicker to get organised! :D

  4. siuline says:

    very nice!