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"AN ELABORATE ENTRANCE" - THE EXHIBITION WON ESTONIAN CULTURAL ENDOWMENT AWARD 2016
January 2017

 

The Estonian Handicraft Gallery, located at 22 Pikk Street in Tallinn, ESTONIA, hosted Nordic Knitters mitten exhibition last fall. Siberian Flower pattern mittens were hanging on the walls and long wrist mittens with more archaic patterns were hanging from the ceiling. Marked path on the floor guided the visitor through the journey. On the way, you could even rest on the bench and investigate the inticate patterns closer using magnifying glass.

Due to the very fresh and innovative appraoch to present textile art, Estonian Handicraft association nominated the exhibition to the BEST EXHIBITION award.

The extra long cuff mittens were also nomiated as a winner of MARDILAAT New Product Award in 2016 and they were defenitely public's favorites.

Some of the visitors coments are visible here: http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com.ee/2016/10/aitjumakest-naitusekulastajaile.html



  "AN ELABORATE ENTRANCE" - AN EXHIBITION OF MITTENS AND GLOVES IN TALLINN HANDICRAFT GALERY
Sept 20 - Oct 10, 2016

 

The Estonian Handicraft Gallery, located at 22 Pikk Street in Tallinn, ESTONIA, hosted an unusual mitten exhibition this fall.
Addition to a wonderful selection of Siberian flower patterns a new approach of an extra long wrist mittens were exposed for admiration. The guests were guided through the gallery along the trail marked with yellow tape. There were nice benches on the way to rest and take some time to really investigate the elaborate texture and the wonderful pattern of each and every pair. For the even closer look magnifying glasses were provided as well, conveniently falling from the ceiling.

The exhibition got a warm welcome and was greatly liked by the visitors.

More info and pictures about the opening and setting up is here:

http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com.ee/2016/09/kirikinnaste-uhke-marss-vabariigi.html







"SIBERIAN FLOWERS" EXHIBITION OF MITTENS AND GLOVES IN ESTONIAN AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
July 19 - Sept 12, 2016

 

The Estonian Agricultural Museum in Ülenurme, located near Tartu, ESTONIA is situated in a beautiful old manor house park. The fancy interior is very suitable to show fine knitted items. The combination was quite perfect, as textile-work and wool-work generally was and is an honorable pass-time among Estonians.

A wonderful selection of Siberian flower patterns were exposed for admiration and purchase.



 



LATVIAN KNITTING CAMP in Strazde

April 29th, 2016


Nordic Knitters participated in Latvian Knitting Camp "Knit out your own Latvian Mittens". It was organized by the Latvian National Cultural Center.
The participants visited Talsi Museum and learned lots of new techiques under the Latvian masters' instruction. They also met with local handicrafters and actors.
Please read more and see more pictures at
http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com.ee/2016/05/lati-kudumislaager-kindad-kurzeme.html

At the picture from left: Baiba Pilane, Ira Valtere, Linda Rubena, Külli Jacobson and Ziedite Muze


ON THE MAP

March, 2016
 

Nordic Knitters is the brand of Estonian company OÜ Kagu Kudujad. The brand was chosen to represent South-East of Estonia in all over Estonia Handicraft MAP and Welcoming Center. Please come see us!








KÜLLI JACOBSON FROM NORDIC KNITTERS RECEIVED THE KEEPER OF NATIONAL HERITAGE AWARD

February 6st, 2016
 

Keeper of National Heritage Award is an annual tradition to celebrate the very rich Estonian cultural heritage. The Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union in cooperation with the Folk Culture Center of Estonia are choosing three persons every year to be nominated for preserving and developing folk culture items.  
The award was handed over by Ms. Aivi Lintnermann, the director of Folk Culture Center. On the picture (from the left): Ms. Liis Veersalu, managing director of Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union; Ms. Liina Veskimägi-Iliste, the Chairman of the Board of Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union, Ms. Liivi Soova, Member of the Board of Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union and Külli Jacobson.

Photo by Sandra Urvak.
 
http://folkart.ee/meist/tunnustamine/parandihoidja
 



 ESTONIAN MITTENS by NORDIC KNITTERS ARE AVAILABLE IN RETAIL
December 1st, 2015

 

Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union (see also at www.folkart.ee) is openin a new location to sell high quality handicrafts and promote handicraft centers and shops, which are located outside of the capital area in Estonia. Nordic Knitters Yarn and Mittens Shop in Veriora, Põlvamaa ESTONIA was chosen among dozen others to present their products and be referred to as a point of interest for tourist visiting Estonia.

The new shop is located in Old Town in Tallinn at Vene 12. 

The NORDIC KNITTERS YARN & MITTENS is located at Uus 7-20 in Veriora Põlvamaa ESTONIA.

 You are most warmly welcomed to both!


 



NORDIC KNITTERS HEAD KNITTER Külli Jacobson WAS GIVEN A QUALITY CERTIFICATE
November 5th, 2015


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.
 
 




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.

 



"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




 ESTONIAN MITTEN Facebook PAGE REACHED 1000 LIKES
March 31st, 2015

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



 



ESTONIAN MITTENS WAS RECOGNIZED BY HELLO! MAGAZINE
January 26th, 2015

 

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.  



SIBERIAN SETO FLORAL PATTERNS ON MITTENS - book review
October 28th, 2014

 

"Siberian flowers" by Külli Jacobson

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.



ESTONIAN MITTENS WERE CHOSEN AS A COVER PHOTO FOR TALLINN HANDICRAFT MAP
June 14th, 2014

 

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

 




ESTONIAN MITTENS WERE CHOSEN FOR SETOLAND 2014 CALENDAR PICTURE
November 25, 2013
 



Setoland Tourism Agancy (http://www.visitsetomaa.ee/en ) put together a colorful and informative calender, which is an useful source for information for any tourist as well as to Seto resident. It is written both in Estonian and Seto dialect, and besides nice pitures it provides you with important dates in Seto culture. You will find beautiful Estonian Mittens on November page. Welcome to order you copy at info@NordicKnitters.com






 


 

ESTONIAN  MITTENS RECEIVED SETO KING'S MASTER AWARD IN WOMEN HANDICRAFT
August 3, 2013

     Already 20th time, Setos and their friends celebrated Seto Kingdom Day. This festival is a rotating event, happening in all four Seto Counties. This year it was celebrated in Luhamaa, Misso County. The new king was elected. Aarne Leima was people's favorite also this year, so he was actually re-elected.
 

The new king's first task was to welcome and congratulate the masters. Among the other masters, Estonian Mittens head-knitter Külli Jacobson won both women handicraft awards. One was chosen by a distinguished jury and the other was chosen by public.

The topic for this year's knitters competition was Seto Men's Stockings. The winning pair is on the adjacent picture. The pattern is from the Estonian National Museum under A509-3145, gathered from Vilo village in Setomaa. The colors used are quite close to the original one. They were knitted in a traditional way without the heel and decreased in mitten-style using natural sheep color yarn for the background and hand dyed yarn for the pattern.


 



THE KNITTER MAGAZINE PRAISES ESTONIAN KNITTING TRADITIONS
February 27, 2013

Nordic Knitters article about colorwork mittens in Estonia

The March 2013 issue of the British magazine The Knitter (http://theknitter.themakingspot.com) is discovering and offering to its readers a thorough insight into different aspects of fine hand knitting in Estonia.

Among others, our very own mittens (by Nordic Knitters) receive high praise:


"In Setomaa, at the Russian border in the south-east of Estonia, mittens and gloves are knitted under the inspiring leadership of Külli Jacobson. These mittens and gloves have to meet very strict quality requirements. Local knitters are provided with patterns and authentic yarns with which wonderful knitwear is created."




 

 


 

ESTONIAN MITTENS ARE ADMIRED BY CUSTOMERS WORLDWIDE
September 29, 2012

Autumn is time to gather crop and celebrate the end of another succesful growing season. Seto Harvest Celebration took place in the Open Air Museum in Tallinn, ESTONIA.

Attached picture depicts Setoland official newspaper's front page, where Seto Ülemsootska (local president) Aarne Leima and the First Lady Anneli Leima (on the background) are peeking how Piret Torm-Kriis from Värska High School is admiring the autumn colors on Estonian Mittens (by Kagu Kudujad).

Seto Harvest Celebration is an annual event which draws thousands of people from the capital city to join Setos during their singing and dancing. Visitors can try Seto food and drinks, listen to their music and purchase authentic Seto handicraft.


 



ESTONIAN MITTENS HAVE RECEIVED ANOTHER SETO KIMMÄS MARK FOR SETO PATTERN GLOVES
August 4, 2012

XIX Seto Kingdom Days were held in Värska, Setoland, ESTONIA on August 4th. It is a party with a long cultural tradition, during which different masters of handicraft, cheese, beer and woodwork, as well as folk singers and musicians compete. Seto people are electing a new king (ülemsootska in Seto dialect) for the next year, World famous Seto Leelo choirs and Seto Karmoshka (small Russian style accordion) players are performing.

This year Seto Handicraft Association decided to give out next round of quality marks SETO KIMMÄS also at the Kingdom Days. Kagu Kudujad had submitted their Seto pattern gloves to the committee. 
We are happy to announce that Estonian Mittens got another SETO KIMMÄS guarantee mark for their gloves.

Please read more about the Kingdom Days here: http://kuningriik.setomaa.ee/index.php/xix-seto-kuningriik.html


 



HANDICRAFT COMPETITION Walk 'n' Knit
May 12, 2012

 

Estonian Folk Art and Handicraft Union organizes yearly handicraft fairs all over Estonia. This year's fair took place in Heimtali, Viljandi County. History wa made this year, as a new tradition was started. To promote handicrafts and knitting foremostly, a Walk'n'Knit competition was organized to value our grandmothers' knitting traditions and skills.
The competition was in teams of four. Each team member had to walk aproximately 100 meters and circularly knit using five needles. The speed of walking, speed on knitting and the beauty and correctness of the result was taken into account. The jury gave the first prize to the team, where OÜ Kagu Kudujad (The Nordic Knitters) representative Külli Jacobson was also a member. Pleas read more here: http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com/2012/05/heimtali-laat-ning-ajalooline-kai-koo.html 
 



ESTONIAN MITTENS RECEIVED THE SETO KIMMÄS MARK FROM SETO KINGDOM CROWN ASSEMBLY
May 15, 2012

On May 15th, 2012, the first SETO KIMMÄS marks were given to textile handicraftes. One of the recipient was Külli Jacobson, the owner of OÜ Kagu Kudujad (The Nordic Knitters Ltd.). It shows that her Seto pattern mittens are of high quality and authentic Seto products.

Setomaa is a unique cultural region in the South-East corner of Estonia and nearby areas in Russia. It has its distinct dialect, singing and handicraft traditions, which are in UNESCO Cultural Heritage list. Please see more about Setoland and the SETO KIMMÄS mark at:
http://www.setomaa.ee/index.php?id=63dc7ed1010d3c3b8269faf0ba7491d4&act=magazine_article&article_id=942
 



MITTEN ART IS OPEN FOR PUBLIC
May 8-22, 2012


Nordic Mittens opened their first exhibition in Tallinn, Estonia. It stays open until May 22nd, 2012. The venue is located in Estonian Handicraft House on Pikk 22, Tallinn.

The exhibition was made possible by Seto Käsitüü Kogo (Seto Handicraft Association).
 
There are 25 pairs of mittens and gloves on display, all nicely placed into wooden frames.

Please read more from here: 
http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com/2012/05/kuidas-setod-valjanaitust-ules-panid.html

  


ESTONIAN MITTENS (OÜ Kagu Kudujad) WAS REWARDED THE GREENER MARK FROM PÕLVAMAA
April 26, 2012


The high quality products produced in Põlvamaa, Estonia can apply for the certification "GREEN MARK". This sign shows that the product comes from Põlvamaa (a south-eastern county of Estonia), is of high quality, natural materials have been use in the production, which is environmentally friendly.

The certification has been nominated mainly to food products and organic products, natural building and finishing materials and handicrafts, because these products carry the local origin foremost. The GREEN MARK can also be given to the tourism services, which emphasize and value the natural and cultural traditions.

Please read more about the mark here: http://www.polvamaine.ee/


FINNISH HANDICRAFT MAGAZINE "TAITO" GLORIFIES ESTONIAN MITTENS
January 2012



In January 2012 issue a well known Finnish handicrafters magazine TAITO wrote about Estonian Mittens knitted by Külli Jacobson.

Ilona Korhonen says: "After my last Etsy-promotion, some handcrafters contacted me. Since I am familiar with the various Estonian traditional colorwork mittens, I realized that one of the stores was better than the others: Estonian Külli Jacobson skillfully makes excellent traditional colorwork mittens and gloves. The crafting in Külli's knits is careful and clean, the beautiful products make also a good gift. I put her Etsy shop to my favorites right away. For traditional colorwork mitten friends, she is a maker worth of knowing. You can find her mittens and gloves in Kankurin Tupa shop in Helsinki, Finland."




ESTONIAN PRESIDENT'S OFFICE PICKED ESTONIAN MITTENS AS OFFICIAL PRESENTS
MARCH 2, 2012


A wide selection of mittens and gloves in traditional Estonian patterns from all over the country was picked to be a presitential gift to be given during foreign visits as well as to visitors of Estonia.
Estonioan mittens and gloves by Kagu Kudujad are hand knitted following traditional find hand knitting traditions.


info@nordicknitters.com