Faroe Islands post issued a stamp featuring Knitted Art of Faroe Islands as a part of SEPAC 2015 stamps with the theme “Culture”.
An ancient Faroese proverb says: “Ull er Foroya gull”, i.e. “Wool is the Gold of the Faroe Islands”. This truly reflects the way of life in the days of old.
The Faroe Islands even take their name from the sheep from which the wool is harvested.”Far” means “sheep” in Old Norse and thus “Foroyar” in the native language translates directly into “Sheep Islands”.
Sepac 2015: Knitted Art
Nobody really knows when people started knitting, or where knitting originally comes from but it is known that Faroese wool has been a vital product for the Faroese since the Viking Age.
Wool, woven fabric and knitted garments such as socks and sweaters were the main export for centuries and for many the only source of income.
People lived off the land and the land sustained thousands of sheep. The meat was used for consumption and the wool for trading.
Around 1880 approximately 80% of the Faroese population earned their livelihood by sheep farming.
The Knitting Club
In the Faroe Islands many women, young teenage girls and elderly women, have been known to form their very own social circles which go by the name of knitting clubs.
The club setting is the living room of one of its members – they take turns in hosting the sessions once a week or so. Knitting clubs are platforms where friends come together to knit.
They share their knitting skills and the various patterns, each member proudly displaying the final product.
Knitting Festival in the Faroe Islands
A Knitting Festival has been held for the first time in the Faroe Islands. Knitting workshops, cafés and lectures were held for a period of three days in April 2015, the venue being homes of the people of Fuglafjorour.
Title: Knitted Art of Faroe Islands
Date of Issue: 29 September 2015
Country: Faroe Islands
Denominations: 17,00 DKK
Source: Faroe Post