Posted 8 years ago
I want to show the traditional Sami Jewelry from Sweden.
There are a lot of these bracelets around that aren´t the real thing, not made of the right traditional materials and not even made by samis. Here I show a thin one that I bought in the 1980´s that I know for sure is the real thing. I have used it for about 29 years and it still looks nice I think. The bracelet is made of soft raindeer leather and have broideries of pewter wire that is braided. The leather is sawn with thread made of tendon and the button is made from raindeerantlers.
The bigger bracelet is also very nice, but it isn´t made of the right traditional materials. Just wanted to show it as well because someone has still put a lot of work into it.
This should be under "ethnic jewelry" but there is no such subcategory under costume jewelry.
This post might cause some irritation as leather etc has been used from raindeer. I just want to say something about that. There are still people living traditionally from raindeers in Sweden. They manage to live a life in tune with nature that I think the rest of us can learn from. I respect the way they go about things. In this I think there is a healthy way of thinking as they use everything from the animal, not just the meat. That´s something we should concider before we are critical, it´s a way of going about things that are lightyears away from the industrialiced meatfarms most meat we find in the store comes from (not just in this country).