No. 338

Long cardigan Portugal

The geometric pattern is inspired by portuguese tiles and a three dimensional knitted structure and colourshifts adds interest. Comfortable and easy to wear for almost any occation.

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Jubilee Collection 25 years

Our biggest dream was to prove that it could be possible to produce beautiful clothing in a high cost country like Norway. We really wanted to make an effort, investing in the very best designs and sustainable qualities. We wanted to create new jobs and a safe and good working environment where people could be happy and develop personally. We had so many ideas and dreams we wanted to realize.

25 years later, we have proudly presented two jubilee collections to customers all over the world, created by Oleana’s own designer, Solveig Hisdal. Oleana is alive and we still want to think big!

Linking

The Norwegian word for linking is ‘kettling’, although this is originally a German word meaning ‘chain together’. On the round linking machines, linkers attach the front and back sections of the garment together at the shoulders. They patiently thread each individual stitch onto each needle, ensuring that once the first section is on, the corresponding stitch for the second section meets it. The machine then ‘links’ these together with a chain stitch. The same process applies to the trims down the front of the garment and around the neckline.

Our ambition is to produce some of the most beautiful clothes in the world, by focusing on high quality and excellent design. This requires advanced techniques, lots of handwork and the most skilled people.

Merino wool and silk

Oleana has decided  to work with the very best raw materials. Oleana’s main quality is an exclusive soft worsted yarn in a mixture of 25% silk and 75% merino wool. In a worsted yarn the fibers are combed and the fibers are lying more parallel than in a carded yarn. To spin a worsted yarn you need longer fibers and the yarn gets smoother, more shiny and stronger than a carded yarn.

The raw materials, merino wool and silk, makes the yarn soft and delicate. Silk is one of thinnest, most shiny fibers you can find. Merino wool is the thinnest wool fiber next to cashmere. The yarn spun from a mixture of merino wool and silk keeps you warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather. Yarns in these fibers have the ability to absorb moister without feeling wet. Oleana buys the merino/silk yarn from two traditional spinners in North Italy who are suppliers to the most exclusive textile producers in the world.