Originating from Reykjavik, iceland, the lopapeysa (lopi is the name of the yarn traditionally used, and peysa means sweater). The first Icelandic sweater dates back to the 1950s. The story is that Auður Laxness, the wife of Nobel prize winner, Halldór Laxness, brought a version of the sweater back from Greenland and replicated it in the 1940s. The designs for the sweater are thought to originate from Greenlandic women’s costume. In the 60s and 70s, the sweater gained widespread popularity and became synonymous with Iceland.
The yarn from the Icelandic sheep is unique because the breed has been isolated from other breeds for centuries. All those years of exposure to the sub-arctic climate produces two distinctive fibers. There’s warm, soft insulating fibers close to the body called ‘pel' and long water repellent fibers on the surface called 'tog’. Lopi yarn is is not spun, so contains more air than spun yarn, giving it better insulation properties.
Characterized by a yoke design, a wide decorative circle surrounds the neck opening.