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We are two nostalgic souls inspired by history. We fell in love with the word "tricotage" (hosiery) because it evokes a bygone era in Northern Europe, when textile production was an important part of many people's lives and every community produced its own tricotage. 

We insist on a pure, honest product that reflects the highest quality. Our adherence to a certified production process strictly controlled by an independent regulator ensures that our products meet the highest standards. Organic cotton comprises the heart of our products. It is the "canvas" on which our patterns unfold. 

The print is a vital part of our trademark and is inspired by traditional Komon patterns from seventeenth-century Japan. Komon means "fine pattern" and consists of a small, meticulously shaped figure infinitely repeated throughout the garment - an all-over print. The delicate and colorful Komon patterns were traditionally used on kimonos displaying scenes of nature - hailstorms, rain, the change of seasons. Each spring and fall, we introduce new styles and patterns with the tricotage trademark print, the dot. 


Ida Anesdatter Schmidt and Karin Bjørneboe 


 


Tricotage is an elastic fabric consisting of one or more consecutive threads arranged in interconnected courses. By contrast, ordinary woven fabric is shaped by two interwoven systems of thread, the weft and the warp.

Tricotage textiles have the advantage of being elastic, relatively lightweight and inexpensive. The elasticity and durability is secured by the material’s loose weave. When the fabric is stretched, each loop will pull the one immediately preceding it. In comparison, ordinary woven fabric has a much lower breaking point and will eventually tear. The flexible tricotage fabric stretches instead of creasing and resists breaking under tension. Less material is used for a piece of tricotage because of its formfitting and comfortable nature. This means that the fabric is lighter and takes up less space. Due to its construction, tricotage is more porous and thereby more moisture absorbent than ordinary woven fabric. This construction also makes the fabric washable and easy to care for”.

Tricotage Production by Jørgen Starcke (Excerpt from Textilbogen, Haandbog I Textil Varekundskab published in 1946).

 


“Trico” in Randers, Denmark, 1952. From this small boutique, Ida’s grandparents sold yarn, undergarments, socks, smocks and tailored skirts.

 
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