I have always loved the Swiss army blankets but I didn’t realise that they are limited in supply. They were produced from the end of the 19th century up to the early sixties and stored in caves in the Swiss Alps, which served as military depots. All blankets are handmade of pure sheep’s wool and come in various shades of gray-brown. Every blanket has a red band on either side. The bands vary in colour, the older ones are more orange tinted and the bands on the blankets of the 50s are bright red.
All bands are adorned with a Swiss Cross. The crosses are made in a very time-consuming way. First, one would make tiny braids of white wool and lay these, like small braids, on the blanket. Next, these braids were worked into the blanket with a technique called ‘felting’. Some crosses are very white and dense, others are thinner, more uneven or smaller and on some, one can still clearly see the braids. In the same way the cross is made, the blankets are signed with the initials of the maker and the year of origin. Some are dated 1907, over 100 years old!
On top of all these specifications, some blankets have a stainless steel seal with a unique serial number. Indestructible treasures made with traditional techniques. These Swiss Army Blankets are typical of genuine Swiss quality, in combination with great charm and timeless beauty.
The Desalpes Company