Workshop: Sámi Handicraft

Sámi handicraft and sewing techniques have survived for generations. With special sewing techniques, the Sámi produce the most practical things. Join a workshop and sew your own bag, just like the Sámi do!”. 


All year


3 hours



Duodji is a term used for traditional Sámi handicrafts. These handicrafts are made from materials found in nature, such as wood, leather, horn, wool, and cloth, and are often decorated with traditional Sámi patterns and symbols. Typical products made with Sámi duodji include traditional clothing like coats, hats, belts, scarves, bracelets, and bags. Craftsmen focus on making durable and functional products that are also aesthetically pleasing.

An important aspect of Sámi duodji is the use of local techniques. Craftsmen often practice techniques that have been used for generations. Sámi people have been able to maintain their living Sámi handicraft traditions by passing down their knowledge from older family members to younger ones.

By participating in this workshop, you will gain an introduction to traditional Sámi handicrafts. You will be presented with traditional sámi clothing from Kautokeino and Karasjok, and get an insight into the diversity of handicraft traditions. As a finale, you will get the chance to sew a small bag made of reindeer skin, which you can proudly take home with you.

During this workshop, you will learn a sewing method that uses a needle and thread. You will also learn how to weave ribbons for the bag and make a tassel.

Do you want to learn Sami crafts and sewing techniques?