The Icelandic wool sweater, or “lopapeysa”, has grown in popularity over the last decade and is one of the most sought-after souvenirs for travellers visiting Iceland. As you journey through the island you will find variations of the lopapeysa worn by babies, children, hipster teenagers and grandparents who all favour this warm and comforting design icon.
The lopapeysa is both attractive and practical, thanks to the unique wool used to make it.It also boasts valuable insulation properties and repels moisture. This hardworking piece of kit can be seen on farmers, fishermen, outdoor guides, and riders. The folk-inspired yoke pattern is what makes a true Icelandic sweater and sometimes this traditional design can also be found around the cuffs.
Whilst a relatively recent Icelandic emblem, the lopapeysa embodies the spirit of the Icelandic people: a hardworking and long lasting piece of clothing that combines aesthetics with practicality.
Whilst traditional in appearance the lopapeysa has not been around as long as some might believe. The first designs were created in the early to mid 20th century whenIcelandic knitting groups started looking for different ways to use the abundance of wool and came up with more elaborate patterns and beautiful designs.
Whilst nowadays the sweaters often feature natural, muted and earthy shades of wool, back in the 50’s, in post-war Iceland, more vibrant, bold colours were used; a natural rebellion against the grey and gloomy period of rationing and shortages. Today, the lopapeysa is available in a wonderful array of designs and colours and many of them are homemade.
Whilst a relatively recent Icelandic emblem, the lopapeysa embodies the spirit of the Icelandic people: a hardworking and long lasting piece of clothing that combines aesthetics with practicality. It offers warmth, comfort, and protection from the ever-changing and challenging Icelandic elements.