The History of Dale of Norway

Dale of Norway
An industrial adventure

Where the deep fjords of Norway's west coast end, beautifully hidden between towering mountains, you will find the village of Dale and the cornerstone of the Dale of Norway company. Located on a once mighty river, this location is no accident. The combination of high mountains and a humid climate with plenty of rainfall, provides waterfalls with an almost unlimited access to pure energy.

Before our factory was established in 1879, Dale was a vanishingly small place with a few poor farms. Suddenly, there was a great need for labor and a boomtown quickly emerged. Where once there were only a few sheep and a dilapidated barn, a modern, vibrant town emerged.

Throughout history, there has been an almost symbiotic relationship between the locals and the factory. Without the factory, no jobs. And without loyal workers, no factory. So the people and the factory became inextricably intertwined.

Since 1879, we have come a long way. Our factory has survived several devastating fires, two world wars, and several floods.Originally, the textile industry was a high-risk business where the high-temperature drying of textile fibers created a lot of dust, oils, and chemicals that were a highly flammable combination. Fortunately, the last fire dates back to 1975. Our factory has been in operation since 1879, but it was only in 1967 that we started machine knitting. Before that, in the 50s and 60s, Norwegian housewives from all over the country knitted the sweaters for us. That sounds like something we made up, but it's completely true.

In the present day, we at Dale are still designing and producing high quality, high value garments. As one of the very few textile companies with production in Norway, our factory is just a stone's throw from where it all began in 1879.

Whatever the future holds, we are confident that it has a place left for a Norwegian brand with a focus on quality, natural materials and sustainable designs.


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