Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers


Northern Lights: Sami band Weaving

Date: Saturday 31st October 2020

Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD

Time: approx 2:00 - pm.

This talk will be an introduction to Sámi history and their band weaving tradition. The Sámi people are the indigenous people who live in northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Crafts developed which utilised reindeer hide, antlers and sinews. Their rigid heddle and distinctive shuttle were made from reindeer antler. There are two main types of patterned weaving alongside finger weaving for producing narrow wares.

Their woven band designs are colourful expressions of a delight in the beauty of small things. The bands have many practical and decorative uses ranging from shoe ties to cradle straps and, of course, belts. They are woven in wool. I have analysed many of their beautiful bands to enable them to be appreciated by a wider audience I am deeply conscious of the importance of this wonderful heritage for the Sámi culture. 

I have studied the collection of Sami weaving in the two museums in Cambridge and the British Museum in London and also visited museums in Scandinavia and Russia where they have Sami collections.

Workshop Sunday 1st November 2020  for 12 participants.

 Sámi band weaving with Susan Foulkes,
 at Comberton village hall

About the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

The Cambridgeshire Guild have a web page. Here is the link.

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The Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers aims to promote the highest standards of craftsmanship and design in handweaving, spinning, dying and constructed textiles.

We organise a comprehensive programme of speakers on a wide range of textile subjects including related matters such as history and archaeology. As well as regular study group meetings we also hold several practical workshops each year on different topics.

The Guild organises a regular exhibition of members’ work, and also keeps a library for members’ use.

Everyone with an interest in textiles is welcome, whatever their level of skill or experience.

The Guild is affiliated to the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

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