Book Review: ‘Om Strรธmper’
Editor: L. Brahe Christensen. Illustrator: Des Asmussen.
Numbered Festschrift for Erik Gravesen, Founder of Valby Strรธmperfabrik (Stocking Manufacturing) on the 50th anniversary in 1953.
160 pages. One colour photo. 48 drawings, 32 b/w photos. Hardcover, showing the fashioning of a machine-knitted stocking in close-up. Limited edition of 3,500. Text in Danish.
โพMargrethe Hald: “Bare Feet to Stockings”
โพEllen Andersen: “The Stocking in European Fashions”
โพH.P.Hansen: “Hose Knitting and Trading”
โพGeorg Horregaard: “The Individual Production Begins”
โพErik Gravesen: “Fashioned Stockings”
โพJorgen Gravesen: “Round Knitted Stockings”
โพErik Gravesen: “My Father”
Margrethe Hald: Chapter 1 – “Bare Feet to Stockings”
Translated and abridged by Karen Finch, 2006. (As yet unpublished).
The person most often associated with the Bronze Age Dress Collection at the Danish National Museum is Margrethe Hald, whose work has been the inspiration of several generations of textile researchers and conservators.
I met her with a fellow student at Kunsthaandvaskerskolen in Copenhagen in 1944. Her office was filled with her preparations for her doctoral thesis published in 1950, and in English in 1980 under the title “Ancient Danish Textiles in Bogs and Burials”.
“From Bare Feet to Stockings” was produced as her contribution to a festchrift to a stocking manufacturer and gives an over-view of the many stages of their development from several individual garments to the footed legwear that we know as stockings. The last part is devoted to the techniques of making, using Sprang, Looped Needlenetting or Needlebinding, Woven fabrics and Knitting.