Himmelskt vackert i Ystad

“Heavenly beautiful” – called the exhibition of folk weavings  from Skåne (Skania) in Ystad. I went there three times already, two of them to demo-weave at the “weaving cafe”, and it is still overwhelming , to think that this just a tip of an iceberg of all the textiles that where produced in ordinary homes in this area of Sweden  in 17-19 centuries.

The museum building is an old Franciscan monastery from XII century.

The weaving cafe – the most luxurious weaving shed I have been to. I will be there again this weekend.

Some pictures from the exhibition, sorry for the quality, all the textiles lighted with special museum light,
wich is good for the cloth, but pictures need severe color correction, which they barely survive.



Blådrätter – dukagång, blue wool on white linen base:


reindeer is a  popular motif in rölakan:


a photograph showing Skanian textile mounter at Baltic exhibition in 1914:

I have more pictures here.

12 responses to “Himmelskt vackert i Ystad

  1. Elisabet April 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Måste verkligen försöka ta mig ner till Skåne i sommar!

  2. sonja April 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    A beautiful sharing, thanks so much for letting us in on what you see!

  3. shadowlilies April 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I showed this to my Swedish mother who is 94 and has a loom, but is no longer able to weave. She just loved seeing this, and all the other photos you have. You made her day! Thank you.

  4. onesmallstitch May 1, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    beautiful museum, love the “weaving cafe” and the looms. wonderful collection of textiles – a feast for the eyes. wish I could see them up close and real.

    • Alfia May 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Yes, specially with textiles – one wants to look at them at close distance! Glad you like them, Jean. One of the looms are very old, but very sturdy and nice to weave on, I feel very privileged that I can sit there and weave and then just go and look at the textiles.

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  6. Heather May 5, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Incredible! What a rich tradition you have to draw from.

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