For centuries, Dutch fishermen have tamed wild seas and rivers. During these cold and rough journeys they were dressed in unique, warm sweaters that were knitted by their wives. These sweaters were the first knitted tops ever worn as work wear. Every village had its own recognizable pattern, which was passed on from generation to generation. In collaboration with Stella Ruhe we have given these nostalgic knitting patterns a makeover. Meet our Fishermen collection!
Our fishermen collection is based on the research of Stella Ruhe in the archives of the Hannemahuis. Old, characteristic photographs of rough fishermen inspired Stella Ruhe to research the history of the patterned sweaters. Until 1950 Dutch fishermen wore thick, knitted sweaters when they were away at sea. Stella found more than 60 original knitting patterns from 40 different Dutch villages. In September 2013 she launched her book ‘Dutch Fishermen Sweaters: A Tribute to Craftsmanship’, which has been embraced by many people since. Together with Stella we share a passion for authenticity and the Dutch nautical heritage. We therefore joined forces and recreated nostalgic fishermen sweaters as part of our collection.