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Wool from Texel

Dutch Winter Warmers products are knitted with 100% pure shorn wool from Dutch sheep. The wool comes from the ‘Texelaar’ sheep, and as the name suggests, these sheep are usually found on the island of Texel. Texel is one of the five waddenislands located in the North of the Netherlands in the Waddensea.

Pattern

Dutch Winter Warmers are hand knitted. The knitted pattern is an old design, which has been used in traditional Dutch fisherman jersey's for centuries. The knitted patterns and designs in the jersey's were directly related tot the sea, fishing, and the fishermen’s hometowns. The design used for Dutch Winter Warmers handwarmers is called ‘Cable’ after the ropes and cables of the sails. It is most common in the jersey's of fishing villages Urk and Scheveningen.

Quality and sustainability

Quality, sustainability and colour 100% wool of the old Texelaar breed. The farmers shave the Texelaar sheep once a year, usually in spring. The wool is spun traditionally and used in its natural colours. The wool is never dyed.

Nevertheless, Dutch Winter Warmers products are available in an array of different natural colours. The colours are created by mixing white and brown wool during spinning. The standard design of the handwarmers is dual-coloured. In total there are four different colour combinations available. If you have preference for single coloured warmers, please contact me.

Traditional design

Traditional patterns from old Dutch fisherman’s jersey’s such as the ‘Fishbone’, the ‘Shoal Herring’ and ‘Cable’ have been used to create these products. For the pillows, it was decided to knit in only one pattern, while the plaids are knitted in three different patterns which are sewn together in blocks.

Additionally, the pillows and plaids are lined with original and traditional ‘Hindeloopen sitsen’.

The name ‘sits’ or ‘sitsen’ is similar to the well-known English ‘chintz’, which is derived from the Persian ‘chitta’ meaning ‘printed’.

Hindeloopen

This type of cotton was imported from India from the 17th century; there were all kinds of applications for the laborious and expensive sits. It was incorporated in the skirts and jackets of the regional traditional costums around the Zuiderzee, and particularly in the Frisian fishing village of Hindeloopen.

In addition to wearing sitsen, it was also used in the interior of houses. Spakenburg, Volendam, and Marken also incorporated sitsen in traditional costumes and in their houses. During the Golden Age, there was such a high demand for the product that the Dutch VOC (Dutch East India Company) conducted a lively trade in sitsen.

“Experience the unique warmth of the Texelaar wool.”

Warm hands, free fingers

Keep your hands warm and your fingers free, the traditional Dutch way! Warm hands and free fingers! These handwarmers have been knitted or stitched since the early 17th century, and they were used by artisans, fishermen, and marketers. It kept their hands warm, but their fingers remained ‘free’ to make or repair fishing nets, handle tools, or count money on the markets.

New: Pillows & Plaids

Just like the hand warmers, the Dutch Winter Warmers pillows and plaids are hand-knitted from the Texelaar sheep wool.

Traditional patterns from old Dutch fisherman’s jersey’s such as the ‘Fishbone’, the ‘Shoal Herrings’ and ‘Cable’ have been used to create these products. For the pillows, it was decided to knit in only one pattern, while the plaids are knitted in three different patterns which are sewn together in blocks.

Additionally, the pillows and plaids are lined with original and traditional ‘Hindeloopen sitsen’.

The name ‘sits’ or ‘sitsen’ is similar to the well-known English ‘chintz’, which is derived from the Persian ‘chitta’ meaning ‘printed’.


IMPORTANT

Dutch Winter Warmers products should be washed by hand with a little shampoo or pH neutral detergent. DO NOT machine wash! DO NOT tumble dry. Leave your washed handwarmers to dry on a towel. The quality and sustainability of woolen Dutch Winter Warmers products is best when you keep to the washing instructions.

It's advisable to use ‘dry-cleaning’ service for the plaids.