April 28, 2014
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“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.
July 22, 2013
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Finally, some pictures from the course I attended in the end of June – on folk weaving of Skåne, southern county of Sweden (which I happened to live in). With Gunvor Johansson as a teacher, the main authority on the subject, she has been reconstructing old weaving patterns and making them available, as with rölakan (local variant of kelim) patterns here.
the warp is 12/3 or 16/3 linen, weft is wool.
a little sample with four different techniques from halvkrabba, dukagång, krabbasnår and rölakan (as the stripes follow from top to bottom):
and a little sample of trensaflossa
the first four are woven with wrong side up:
and one have to use a mirror to check if the pattern is coming out right:
Gunvor had piles of old and new (woven by herself) weavings
and piles of illustrated albums to get inspired by
our collective achievements