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Icelandic Wool Sweaters Made Abroad

Earlier this week it was reported that some of the traditional Icelandic wool sweaters, or lopapeysa, available for sale in Iceland are in fact made in China.


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The news has caused much controversy in recent days, with some arguing that sweaters knitted abroad should not be labeled as Icelandic and that the practice undermines job opportunities in this country.

However, a representative for a group of hand knitters from þingeyjasýsla in north Iceland, Ósk Helgadóttir, has pointed out that the sweaters’ origin is not marked and that therefore all Icelandic wool sweaters are sold as being made in Iceland. The wool is sourced from Iceland, and the sweaters designed in Iceland, but the sweater itself may be manufactured abroad.

The manager of the store, Rammagerðin, Lovísa Óladóttir, says that some of the sweaters are made abroad to reduce production costs and keep up with demand, reports. “We have sold Icelandic sweaters at Rammagerðin for decades, whether they are produced in Iceland or abroad. We work in an international environment today and we follow all regulations in terms of labeling. The products are labeled and it is clearly stated that Icelandic wool is used,” she said.

Others have raised concerns over how the wool is treated during the manufacturing and dyeing process abroad.


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