As the old saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention” – or, as the Faroese say, “necessity teaches the naked woman to spin and weave.”
A relative new-comer to the tradition of yarn-production is Navia, which gathers its Faroese wool from local sheep farmers. It is one of the leading companies of the yarn and sweater industry of the Faroes, well-known on the foreign market, too, shipping its products to a dozen countries abroad.
Across its varied catalogue, the Navia yarn contains a wool mix of Australian lamb’s wool, Shetlandic and Faroese wool, as well as cotton and silk, making up a broad range of 1-ply, 2-ply and 3-ply knitting yarns, sock yarn and traditional Faroese raw yarn. The Navia sweaters similarly take inspiration from the traditional Faroese knitting culture, mixed with modern style trends.
Navia’s customer base covers all age groups, from children to the elderly, and its designs are specifically targeted across these respective age groups.
Another product line of Navia is the unique Knitting Book – a series of designs and patterns, which are put together by a dedicated Navia team of local knitters, also wide-ranging in their own background, from fish workers to well-educated designers, aged between 15 to 84. They receive a set task which is then produced by hand. Their designs are photographed and handpicked for larger scale production as well as individual sale. The patterns are written down and translated into several languages, including Danish, Swedish, English and Icelandic.