Wonderful 1980s Wolkenstricker Natural Linen Flax Colour Hand Knit Cardigan Sweater w Floral Details
The Wolkenstricker label launched in 1979 and they have been making beautiful cardigans one piece at a time ever since. You can still buy them today and I found one site where modern versions are selling for just under $1700USD. On their site they say (in rough translation thanks to google) that; 'We see knitting as an art and create something extraordinary with every model. We create garments that underlines the personality and attracts attention. The valuable manual work characterizes every cardigan. Creating the cut and the knitting techniques used a garment that excels in quality and execution cannot be compared with normal commerce. Most of our customers never part with their treasures and even inherit them. This is sustainability!' I have two vintage ones from the 1980s today and each is very special and unique.
This one is a colour that reminds me of the colour of a natural linen flax. It is very pretty and easy to wear. Really the perfect neutral. The actual knit is a mix of a cotton and silk so is very hardy and yet soft and has a beautiful strength to it that helps it to retain its shape. It is edged in a baby blue and has a tie running through the neckline in that same blue. The entire neckline is finished in a wide panel of hand embroidered flowers that circle all the way around the back. Each sleeve has another spray of flowers at its cuff. I love the little 3D flowers that are scattered over the entire cardigan. This added bit of texture is fabulous. It closes at the front with little hand carved MOP buttons and I love how each one has been secured with a 'W' in a matching thread. It is the perfect finishing touch. This one looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes down the front with the buttons as shows. A tie at the neck that is mainly decorative. It still has an extra button sewn into an inner seam. Entirely made by hand.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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