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Istex Icewool - Woolen Goods from Iceland
Istex, Icewool produces the famous Alafoss-lopi and other yarns for hand knitting.
Instruction books for hand knitting with great variety of designes are published
regularly. Istex is also producing industrial yarns for knitting, weaving
and carpet manufacturing.
blankets made out of Icelandic Wool
When Viking settlers first arrived in Iceland in AD 874, they brought with them two breeds of domestic livestock, the Iceland Horse and Iceland Sheep. In time, both would have almost as much impact on the history and development of the country as man himself. Without sheep, Iceland would have been uninhabitable From the very beginning, Icelanders have found themselves engaged in a relentless struggle to come to terms with the rugged environment in which they live.
While the horse served for transport and labour, sheep were the key to the nation's survival, providing generations of Icelanders not only with food but also with wool as protection from the biting cold of the harsh northern climate. Without sheep, Iceland would have been uninhabitable. Although the medieval sagas may have been inspired by deeds of heroism and feats of bravery, they also tell of the activities around which daily life revolved, among them shearing, spinning and carding skills and crafts which became traditions and altered little through the ages.
As a breed, the Iceland Sheep is unique -the purity of the strain has been protected by centuries of isolation and a total absence of contact with others.
By the same token, the wool it produces has no counterpart anywhere. Textile production techniques may have changed dramatically since the days of the early Viking settlers but the Icelanders¹ commitment to quality and tradition has not.
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