Alice Lund Textiles’ mission is the continued development of textile art and handweaving. The studio in Borlänge, Sweden, produces rugs, textile art and liturgical textiles for both private and public spaces all around the world. The studio also spreads knowledge of our dynamic Swedish textile heritage through research, commissions, exhibitions, and lectures.
Our studio has used quality handweaving practices since its beginning in the 1930s. Production of rugs and textile art are an important part of the business. Our stewardship and development of the craft of handweaving through the decades connects the studio’s past and present.
Currently we see a need for better understanding of responsible production methods, a closer relationship with materials, and long-term thinking. Our founder Alice Lund’s commitment to sustainability of both quality and design paved the way to the future of our studio. We still apply our founder’s Functionalist theories of holistic perspective to every project, both when it comes to the interplay of textiles and their intended environments as well as throughout the production chain.
Alice Lund founded her textile studio in the late 1930s. It began in Domnarvet, a suburb of Borlänge, but moved to Hytting in 1950. The studio had an excellent reputation from the start, and production was focused on textile furnishings as well as commissions for entire textile interiors.
Alice Lund often collaborated with architects and interior designers, who appreciated her ability to create beautiful environments using textiles. The 1950s and 1960s were a time of change for the craft of handweaving due to advancements in industrial textile production and its competitive cost. Alice Lund made the decision to begin collaborating with famous artists, weaving their tapestries commissioned as public art.
Textile artist Sofia Widén moved her operations to Alice Lund’s studio in 1952. Sofia and Alice had attended the renowned art school Konstfack together. While Alice chose handweaving and interior textiles, Sofia had become known as one of the foremost designers of liturgical textiles. Sofia had been artistic director for the liturgical textile studio Licium in Stockholm, and her move to the Hytting studio marked the beginning of Alice Lund Textiles’ liturgical production. In many ways, the 1950s was the busiest decade for the Hytting studio, with many large commissions both for the Swedish Church as well as for public spaces.
The 1960s brought big changes for the business. Alice took over Sofia’s business after Widén passed away suddenly in 1961, and the company changed its name to Alice Lund - Sofia Widén AB. In 1964 Alice decided to sell the company to textile engineer Sven Johansson, whom she had gotten to know through collaboration with Borås Jacquard Weaving Mill (Jacquardväfveri). However, she continued in her role as artistic director for the studio until 1970, when artist Dagmar Lodén took over.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Johansson continued to run the company in the same spirit as in Alice’s time. More artists were drawn to the studio, including Olle Nyman and Gösta Backlund, and the production of high quality textiles for private, public, and religious spaces continued. The 1970s also saw the beginning of a collaboration with the textile artist Helena Hernmarck that continues to this day. In the 1990s, Klas Nygårds took over the company and Åsa Mattsson was named artistic director.
Frida Lindberg has owned and operated Alice Lund Textiles since 2012. Alice’s choices in the face of the changes that took place in the 1950s and 1960s still guide the company today. Collaborations with artists, textile furnishings, and liturgical textiles are still our main focus. In addition to the work done in the loom, our studio is focused on promoting textile art through research, courses and workshops, lectures, and tours.
The early decades of the company inspire the work we do today, and many of Alice Lund’s classic designs are still in production. The company continues to follow her vision, in which color, quality, and the interior environment are in focus.