Saturday, March 6, 2010

Episode #14 - A History Lesson

The Frisian flag, red lily pads on a field of blue and white diagonal stripes

This week's episode includes a history lesson about the Frisians; Friesland is the northernmost province of Holland, but has a significant place in Northern European history, something I didn't really know.

I'll review two books that deal with historical knitting from the North Sea area, Beth Brown-Reinsel's "Knitting Ganseys" and Ethnic Knitting Discovery: The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and The Andes" by Donna Druchunas.

Above: 2 samples of traditional Frisian costume. Not really visible here is the gold skull cap worn under the lacy cap.

This map shows Northern Europe today. All of the area from Friesland to Denmark was traditionally Frisian territory.

Heather Desserud's pattern, La Joie du Printemps (the Joy of Spring), soon to be released.



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  2. Hello there. This is interesting research. Just to let you know: the German Frisian areas are to this day still Frisian. With their own traditions and Plattdeutsch (low German) dialects (to put it simple because there are 9 different dialects in North Friesland alone, some of which are also partially Danish). As with most regional traditions, they are in the main upheld by the older generation, but a lot of effort goes into passing them on to the local children to keep the traditions alive). Friesland is divided into the Dutch region of West Friesland as described by you, the German region in Lower Saxony (the bit that borders with the Netherlands and faces north) called East Friesland and the northern most area in the German region of Schleswig Holstein (just below Denmark) facing west called North Friesland.