© Text and photo Laila Duran.
Spring has arrived in Scandinavia and the busiest time for me as a photographer begins. After spending the past months indoors doing research for my books, the time has come to pack the equipment and take to the roads. My first trip will be to the south of Sweden to Scania, but before we leave the could weather behind us I am going to show you some lovely knitted mittens from the collection of the Àjtte, Svenskt Fjäll och Samemuseum in Jokkmokk, photographed for Scandinavian Folklore Vol.III.
The colors of the Sami flag are adopted as the Samis national colors. This can bee seen in all the textile handicrafts from the whole region of Sápmi. The kirtles, bands and ribbons, hanging pockets, shawls and of course the mittens are made in sparkleling bright colors. Àjtte collection.
A young lady from Arvidsjaur wearing her traditional kirtle. She is seated at the door of her family wooden lodge at Lappstaden, in the center of Arvidsjaur, an old church settlement that is still used as a meeting place for Samis living in the area. Her mittens has her initials around the wrist.
Children mittens and booth ribbons in the colors of the Sami flag. Àjtte collection.
Mittens from Kautokeino in Norway. The color red, white and blue matches the colors of the kirtle perfectly, it is also the colors of the Norwegian flag.
I have seen many people use their initials on the mittens. Here the hometown of the owner, Porjus, has been knitted in blue and white. The decorative woolen cords with small tussles are used to tie the mittens together when not worn. Àjtte collection.
This young man is from Karesuando and he is wearing a storm cape and knitted mittens to keep warm. His mittens are newly made, below is a similar one from the Àjjte Museum collection. The little pompom is a practical detail as well as a decorative one. When the mittens are not used they are tucked under the belt, the pompom is left hanging outside the belt and helps to avoid loosing the mittens. This is a detail that are found on mittens from areas all over Scandinavia.
On June 1st a photo exhibition opens at Àjtte Museum in Jokkmokk. I am showing the second part of “Folk Costume Close-Up”. Mainly photos of Sami folk costumes but there will also be a selection of traditional Swedish folk costumes and Norwegian Bunads. For more information please visit: www.ajtte.com
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