Incredible Sami Bracelets

23 10 2009

Our buyer Salwa has the best sensibility.  She found these beautiful Sami Bracelets for our shop recently.  They are works of art.  The pieces do take my breath away.  They are quite exquisite.

Aboriginal Sami artisans reside near the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden. Sami People with a 10,000 year old history live in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia and lived on the land before the rest of the Scandinavians arrived. There are 17,000 Sami (formerly called Laplanders) in Sweden today. Approximately 3,000 own herds, sometimes with thousands of domesticated reindeer (caribou), and reindeer husbandry is their livelihood. Only Sami can own reindeer in Sweden so we support the small indigenous Sami People by buying products made of traditional Sami materials like reindeer leather and reindeer antler. Their unique craft items are admired and sought after worldwide.


Sami embroidery with pewter wire on reindeer leather and fabric has been done for hundreds of years in the Sami culture, and Sami actually invented the spun pewter wire. In the old days, they melted tin to make the wire and then spun it around reindeer sinew entirely by hand. Today, the wires are spun on a small machine.


The beautiful Sami bracelets have been handmade of soft reindeer leather with tanned vegetable dyed. The buttons are handmade of shed reindeer antler.  These bracelets are truly amazing.




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