The history of the patterns

The dyer Jonas Hallberg from Ockelbo lived from 1835-1916. He made handmade stamps called print logs.
With these unique tools from a bygone era patterns were printed with oil paint on wool and cotton fabrics.
The printed patterns were often flowers, leaves and leaf loops. The motives were cut directly out of wooden logs or were formed by metal strips or pins. The collection of the print logs is considered as unique when compared to other collections on homesteads in Sweden. It is so complete that one can follow the entire sequence of events from the pattern book to the finished printed shawl.

The location of Sundsbro Färgeri in Ockelbo was well chosen as it was close to soft clean water, a necessity for a dye because it gives finer shades. A good access to water was also required for the preparation of the dye baths and for the final rinse. The dye house is still in its original location but used for a long time as residential.

Jonas Hallberg came originally from Malung. In 1950 he moved to Ockelbo to work as an apprentice at the dyer C G Lundberg. 25 years later, he took over the company and kept it until 1881.

Ockelbo was at that time an agricultural district with 4 000 inhabitants. The important iron industry, established since pagan times, in the late nineteenth century, was in decline. Wood and forest products industry with the many sawmills came to take over its important role. During this time there were a total of four dye houses in The County of Gästrikland, they empoyed a total of 17 people.


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