With strong influence of the Glafsfjorden, Billingen and Sörtjärnet and its water system, handicraft traditions were approached for generations. The water systems were strong enough to operate twenty mills and sawmills. Hjalmar Johansson was nine years old when he was working a running boy at a woolen factory a stone’s throw from the Klässbolsälven. Already then his interest in weaving was nourished. Hjalmar gets a few years older and he works at Arvika Ullspinneri and waving mill as weaving patcher. This was in the early 1900s. A few years later, Hjalmar marries Augusta, who comes from Värmskog, the two of them soon afterwards move to Sågmyra in Falun where Hjalmar got employment as the first weaver laborer at Tidstrand’s weaving mill. They probably moved because Hjalmar’s was curiosity about what more the weaving profession had to offer. By this time, the couple had had three of the eight children in total that it eventually became. After a few years at Tidstrands, which was then Sweden’s foremost woolen spinning and wool weaving, the weaving school in Borås attracted. To increase their cash register and gain more experience, he worked at Borås Jacquard weaver. In 1915 Hjalmar got hired as weaver master at Westergötland’s Yllefabrik in Tidan. Here he had total responsibility for both the technical and artistic pieces. Three years later, in 1918, the family moves back to Klässbol in Värmland. Hjalmar had been asked to take care and work at Stafnäs Ullspinneri and Väfveri, where he had once started as a running boy. The wool spinner had been in financial difficulties in connection with a generational shift and Hjalmar was hired as a foreman for a period of two years. Now he was back where everything once began. Unfortunately, the rescue came too late and the wool fabric went bankrupt. But Hjalmar had already started weaving linen and towels at home in the kitchen during evenings and nights …
Now Klässbol’s Linneväveri was born. Unfortunately, Hjalmar only turned 44 yers old when he died in a bad cold.
At the 90th anniversary, Klässbol published a book of 200 pages that tells the whole Klässbols story. The book is available for purchase at some bookstores online and in our stores.
How does your dream celebration look like? No matter how you choose to celebrate, we offer a lots of linen products perfect for occasions like this. Linen tablecloths, napkins. tablerunners, presents among other linnen products.