Our products - the process
COMBING AND STRETCHING
The raw wool is cleaned and goes through a long process of combing and stretching
SPINNING AND TWISTING
The wool is spun into yarn threads.Then the threads are twisted into yarns depending on the desired thickness. Most of Dale yarns are 2 - 3 or 4 ply.
DYING AND DRYING
The new collections must be in line with the current trends, so we are constantly developing new yarn colours, says Tommy Sandvik who operates the dying basins. This batch is red and it takes over five hours to get the right and full colour. The yarn is then dried under regulated temperatures to ensure that the colour stays.
DESIGN AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Behind every new design there is a long process that involves several members from the design and product development team. We work with traditional materials and design elements, but are able to constantly develop the products by updating patterns, colours, cut and functional details.
Hilmar Fosse works in R&D. Here in his lab he has developed fluorescent neon colour yarn and water repellent sweaters. I’m proud of what we have accomplished, says Hilmar. It was said that Teflon could not be applied to wool, so I just had to try.The Teflon treated yarn has become an enormous success and confirms Dale of Norway position as the innovative sweater brand.
Conventional machines knit the body, arms and neck separately, but we now also have advanced knitting technology that can knit sweaters complete in one piece without any seams.
The knitted pieces are assembled and then the zippers, buttons, bands and labels are added later. The neck and arms are put together using the looping technique, where the pieces are sewn together loop by loop leaving the seam almost unnoticeable explains Lise Olsnes.