The begin of C&A

I didn’t know C&A means Clemens and August…

“Lapkepoep en Friese Boerin”

The artwork depicts a trade conversation between a Westphalian textile trader (also called “lapkepoep” in Fryslân) and a Frisian farmer. Clemens and August, the founders of C&A, came to Fryslân around 1840 as “hannekemaaiers”, casual workers from Westphalia who came to mow the farmers’ grass in the summer. In winter they weaved flax fabrics in Westphalia. After working as ‘hannekemaaiers’ in Fryslân for a number of seasons, they found out that they could sell the beautiful woven fabrics to rich peasant women in Fryslân. This sale was a great success, and C & A’s first store was soon opened in Sneek. 

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2 thoughts on “The begin of C&A

  1. What an interesting way to learn a bit of history! Art can do that. I like that you included several photos to give a fuller look at the pair.

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