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Sami handicraft

If you didn’t already know it the Sami people who live in Lapland in the very far north of Sweden, are the original Swedes. They can trace their roots here back to the Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago. Sami handicraft, made from traditional, natural materials is exquisite and unique and makes a wonderful present.

  • Traditional Sami jewellery
  • Sami hand craft
  • Sami hand craft
  • Sami handcraft
  • Sami handicraft from Njarka Sami camp, Jämtland

Traditional Sami jewellery

What it is

Sami slöjd, or handicraft, falls into two categories – hard handicraft and soft handicraft. The first is by tradition made for men and mainly consists of knives and cups with elaborately engraved reindeer horn. Soft handicraft, meanwhile, is traditionally for women, consisting of clothing, intricately woven tin wire bracelets and other jewellery, bags and baskets woven from birch roots, known as root handicraft.

Where to buy it

You can buy Sami arts and crafts in the towns and villages of Swedish Lapland and in other parts of northern Sweden. If you’re visiting Kiruna, the largest town in Lapland, head for the Carl Wennberg shop at Bergmästaregatan 2, who has been selling Sami arts and crafts here since 1907. Another great place to buy Sami handicraft is at the Jokkmokk winter market at the end of January/beginning of February each year. The market has been held here for 400 years and there is probably no better place to experience Sami culture – and to buy Sami handicraft direct from a Sami artisan.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the iconic ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi then pay a visit to the ICEHOTEL shop for Sami arts and crafts. Otherwise, if you’re in Stockholm pay a visit to retailers Svensk Slöjd at Nybrogatan 23 or Svensk Hemslöjd at Norrlandsgatan 20 who sell Sami handicraft.

Sami handicraft from Njarka Sami camp, Jämtland

Sápmi and the Sami

Visit Sápmi and the Sami people and immerse yourself in their culture and customs. Experience Sami food al fresco in the Arctic Circle, have a go at reindeer sledding, go hunting and fishing with a Sami guide, all while getting to know the Sami.

Sami handcraft

Shopping

Look out for the big homegrown department stores for everything under one roof Swedish design and handicrafts, fashion and gifts; a Swedish cheese slicer always goes down well.

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