The Sami have been living in the extreme north of Europe for at least 2,000 years. The origins of their culture remains a mystery. The first mention of the Sami was made by the Roman historian Tacitus in AD 98. The region they live in today is popularly known as ‘Lapland’ but officially given the Sami name Sápmi. It encompasses northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, with much of it lying above the Arctic Circle. The Sami produce beautiful crafts, carving a variety of objects—such as tools and utensils—from bone, wood, reindeer antlers, and silver, often with geometric motifs.
These beautiful bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people. They are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. The Sami people made tin or pewter thread, as silver and gold were more expensive than tin. Also, tin is a softer metal, which makes it easier to work with. Instructor Katherine Buenger will teach students to make a four strand braid using tin thread, and then will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.
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