The village of Dale is nestled between beautiful steep mountains, waterfalls and fjords on the west coast of Norway. In 1879, the historic textile factory was established in this valley with easy access to wool, strong knitting traditions, and a great supply of natural power from the local waterfalls. Since then, Dale of Norway has developed stunning designs in premium qualities that are well-known worldwide.

Heritage

In 1872, Peder Jebsen travelled through the small village of Dale, located close to the city of Bergen on the west coast of Norway.  He had years of experience with the textile industry and had studied modern production methods in England. Peder Jebsen recognized Dale as an ideal place to establish a premium textile production facility utilizing the valley’s potential for natural hydro power - and the easy access to Norwegian wool.  He secured the rights for the local waterfalls and soon thereafter, steamboats loaded with new machines from England arrived in Dale. The Dale of Norway textile facility was completed in 1879 and has remained active in the Dale village ever since.  From the beginning, Jebsen was able to combine his knowledge of modern textile production and focus on premium wool – creating the designs and quality that has been Dale of Norway’s trademark since 1879. 

Company Grows

Company Grows

Dale of Norway’s knitwear was quickly recognized for its premium quality -- and the company grew very quickly becoming the largest employer in the region. Skilled knitters and artisans joined the company and it was not unusual that several family members worked at Dale of Norway. Subsequently, this experience and expertise was often passed on to the next generation that continued to turn out beautiful garments over the years.

Early Innovation

Early Innovation

Dale of Norway has long been recognized as a leader in the field of wool and is known for important innovations. Based on research and experimentation with different wool types, Dale of Norway introduced premium worsted wool in 1912 that helped create the crisp long-lasting Dale of Norway quality that the company is known for – a quality and look that has remained synonymous with the Dale of Norway brand until this day.

Centuries of Knitting

Centuries of Knitting

It is no coincidence that Dale of Norway developed its unique look and high-quality knitwear. Norwegians have knit for centuries due to the need for practical yet stylish clothing for the Norwegian climate. This expertise and knowledge has been passed on through generations of Norwegians -- and Dale of Norway had no problem finding skilled knitters and craftsmen when the company started in 1879.