Swedish dove-tale tapestry
September 9, 2014
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In August I went to a seminar on dove-tale tapestry (flamskvävnad) at Lilla Rödde museum – an old unique Skanian farm known for it’s textile collection and a tragic story of two sisters who lived on that farm.
Typical local dove-tale tapestry motifs :
Most of the dove-tale tapestry woven by the sisters were used for furniture upholstery , there are about 2o chairs like this in the museum
and two sofas:
Apart from all that furniture and wall hangings there are many other textiles
Most of the textiles were produced by two sisters as their dowry (hemgift) – in a hope that they will get married and take all those things with them to their new homes
It never happened – after their mothers unexpected death their father basically shut the house down, not letting anybody in or out and not agreeing on marriage proposals for his daughters. One of the sisters continued to live on the farm in total seclusion untill she was 89, the farm was never modernised and remained as a time capsule from the beginning of 1900s. New owners sold the farm to the local commune and it became a museum. Here is an article (in Swedish) by Annhelen Olsson telling the full story of the place.
Few pictures from the “show and tell” section of the seminar
modern translations of the old motifs by Rebecka Winter
I have some more pictures in my flickr