Sylvia Petronella Antoinette van der Moer was a Dutch journalist and a suspected spy. In 1949, she travelled to Lapland, to river Lemmenjoki, where the gold rush took place and charmed all the Lappish gold prospectors.
Having no passport and leaving hotel bills unpaid, she was deported from Finland after her 4 months visit. There are still two rounded shape fell-tops in the Lemmenjoki area named after Petronella´s figure.
When she passed away in 2014, her daughter came to Lapland to spread Petronella’s ashes to river Lemmenjoki, as the woman once wished.
The true story lives forever, now also in hálo’s Petronella series. The jacquard designed by hálo, holds golden nuggets in different shades of gold inspired by the gold rush in Lapland in 1949, Petronella and her story.