"Siberian Flowers" exhibition of mittens and gloves
July 19 - Sept 12, 2016

Welcome to Estonian Agricultural Museum in Ülenurme, located near Tartu, ESTONIA.
A wonderful selection of Siberian flower patterns will be exposed for admiration and purchase.

About the background: At the end of the 19th century and early 20th century thousands of families from Setomaa left the crowded homeland and moved far away to Siberia Jenisseiski Province. A long journey into the unknown was undertaken in order to get the land for free. Hardworking Setos settled in well and soon adapted to the new conditions and climates. Today there are about 200 people in Haida village in Krasnoyarsk krai, the largest Seto village in Siberia.

Although, after the collapse of collective farms, the number of villagers has greatly reduced. The economic situation has worsened, but Seto Museum still existis in Haida and the Seto language women's choir still gathers at the Cultural Center. Old handicraft skills are not lost.

Ossipova Manni's (born in 1942) ancestors also left to Siberia to find a better land. Manni's mother, Kito Nasta, was a good singer and a great handicrafter. Manni and her sister Liide are singing in a local community house women's choir and they have donated large numbers of beautiful crafts to the Haida village museum. Siberian winters are cold and, therefore, the art of making and wearing patternwork mittens is still alive.

In 2007, 2008 and 2012, the Estonian Literary Museum folklorists visited Ossipova Maria and other Haida village women in a search of old folk tales and songs. Quite unplanned, they also photographed Maria's mitten pattern booklet, which was full of both old geometric patterns as well as flower patterns.

Now a small selection of Siberian women flower pattern mittens and gloves have found their way into this exhibition - a fresh breath of Haida village forests and fields odor.

 



There is always winter somewhere: great for a ski
slopes or nice hike in the woods.

 

Pleasantly warm and glamorously beautiful, these traditional Estonian mittens and gloves are ment to keep your spirit and body protected.

The best guarantee comes from satisfying customers. Here are some of the most recent feedbacks.

 

Lorenza Talevi (from Ferrara, ITALY ): 
Awesome mittens, awesome patterns... can't wait to wear them!!! it'll make me dream about EESTI !


Gail Tischler (from Saint Paul, MN, United States):
Bought these to give as a gift. They are wonderful---pattern is beautiful, knitted well, fit well. Thank you.


Marisol Fernández Sevillano (from Madrid, SPAIN):
Gorgeous!. I like these mittens a lot!. I´m very happy with this shop too: super fast delivery, very good communication and an excellent service. 100 % recommended!!!


Henry Trolio (fromNorth Olmsted, OH, United States):
Bought these mittens for my daughter for Christmas. Külli was super responsive and even knitted the mittens in a different color for us. My daughter loved them and has worn them every time she has left the house since Christmas day. Thank you very much, Külli.

 


 

WELCOME TO THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF NORDIC COLORWORK!



Here You can order mittens and gloves to keep your hands warm. All the mittens and gloves are hand made using traditional Estonian motifs. The mittens and gloves are knitted using centuries old techniques with thin yarn and five needles.
Please make your selection from the ready made products or design your own picking and matching colors and patterns.
Welcome to the mittens wonderland!

Külli Jacobson
Head Knitter