My Finnish folk costume progresses: I turned my hand-woven fabric into a folk skirt from Askola, Finland.
I spent 2 months weaving myself fabrics for my folk skirt and vest. I was slow but I learned a lot in the process.
I hand-sewed a Finnish 19th-century folk shirt from Askola. This shirt with it's intricate embroidery took me 2 months to finish!
I made a Finnish folk style hand-embroidered French hood for my Askola costume from paper, rye porridge and silk!
I made a Finnish folk-style pocket out of fabric scraps using motifs and stitches common in Finnish folk-costumes.
My mother says that even her grandmother used to weave fabrics for simple garments when she was younger. Handweaving used to be a skill that most women knew and valued. I haven’t ever woven fabric for garments, just pirtanauha-bands, and one table runner a long time ago. But the more I have studied Finnish folk costumes and textiles, the more I have come to love the simple stripy patterns that still have lots of variability in them. In fact, there is one thing that the canonized National costumes lack and that is the creativity in fabrics. In the 18th and 19th century, weavers could decide what patterns and colours pleased…
I made my daughter a Karelian dress similar to my own. This also gave me a good chance to test my new ruffler.
I restored an old Finnish national costume of Kokkola. In this first part I concentrate on the red wool pinafore dress.
I am learning about the dress of my ancestors and making a traditional Karelian outfit. The first layer is called a "rätsinä" shirt.