Nordic Knitters (OÜ Kagu Kudujad in Estonian) head knitter Küli Jacobson was awarded with the highest quality standard in Estonian Handicraft field for her traditional Estonian colorwork mittens and gloves. During the opening ceremony of XIX Mardilaat, Külli Jacobson was given a diploma and pack of certificates to add to her mittens and gloves. Buyers of her products can now rest assured, as the quality of the mittens and gloves is well studied and proved to be of highest quality.
“KNIT YOUR OWN ESTONIAN MITTENS” knitting set WAS CHOSEN AS AN ACKNOWLEDGED NEW PRODUCT AT 2015 MARDILAAT handicraft fair in Tallinn, ESTONIA October 15th, 2015
Handicraft lovers all around the world can now realize their wish to knit a pair of world famous Estonian colorwork mittens. Everything you need to start the project is included in this beautiful package. Colorwork mittens have kept Estonian hands warm for many centuries. They have protected us from evil and we have received magical powers through them. Mittens have been an important symbol of love and care, widely used in weddings and funerals. Long before synthetic dyes were invented, Estonians knew how to dye yarn with madder root and birch leaves and many other natural ingredients. In this box you will find
- the pattern and instructions
- five double-pointed needles, to start your work
- two balls of 100% wool yarn from Estonian sheep and
- a beautiful, practical knitting bag MADE IN ESTONIA to hold your project, because there is nothing better than have your knitting handy at all times.
Enjoyable moments! Your Nordic Knitters Read more at http://setomaa.postimees.ee/3388347/seto-kasitoolised-tallinnas-mardilaadal
NORDIC KNITTERS IS A PROUD SUPPORTER OF Tartu University Hospital Children’s Foundation October 2015
For the first time at Mardilaat, an all Estonian famous handicraft fair, Tartu University Hospital Children”s Foundation collected products to auction at the fair and later at the on-line marketplace www.osta.ee Nordic Mittens donated three pattern-books “Siberian Flowers” to the auction.
It is such a pleasure to post new mitten and glove styles to the FB page and make handicrafters around the world happy. People really appreciate high quality and traditions. We have fans at home in Estonia and far away, in Europe, America and Asia. Many people just admire, but surprisingly many also take notes and try it at home. Thank you, supporters, around the world! See www.facebook.com/EstonianMittens
In HELLO! Estonia magazine January 26th issue, the LIVE FASHION section is introducing different designers productions, more specifically masters of hand kntting. The head knitter of Nordic Knitters Külli Jacobson is mentioned as a master of fine, elaborate techinque.
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 book – a fresh breath of Haida village forests and fields odor.
– Andreas Kalkun, folklorist, Estonian Folklore Archives Estonian Literary Museum.
Please write info@NordicKnitters.com for ordering the book.
The amazing colors and patterns of Estonian Mittens are so eye-catching, that designers of Tallinn Handicraft Map chose them to decorate the publication.
Welcome to TALLINN, the capital city of Estonia. Please come and see the best selection of handicraft products with the help of “guided tour” through different handicraft and design shops: http://www.folkart.ee/uploads/userfiles/file/ringymberkasitoo/tallinn_kasitookaart_2014.pdf