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The tradition of wearing shawls in Estonia reaches far back into the past. Shawl or a wrap was regarded to be the most valuable garment of a folk costume and to be a part of the festive garment. Wrap was worn in the church during colder seasons and while visiting others. It added festivity as it was doublefold on the arm during warmer seasons. In the 19th century, wrap was part of a bridal suit in some areas, covering the face of the bride on the way to bridegrooms home. It was removed after arrival. Compared to other garments, making of the wrap required a lot more proficiency. Hereby it was taken care of and handed down, as were the skills of making it. The ancient twowidth linen and woollen wraps were made by using simple knitting techniques. They were probably white, gray and brown that time – the natural colours of wool. As times went by, herbal dyes were also used for colouring wraps red and blue. Simple hem, tablet-woven bands with colourful patterns, fringe and yarn tassels were used to decorate the welt. Later, different decoration techniques were used: hemstitch, patterns, stripes, squares and other pattern embroidery. Feelings, dreams and wishes were embroidered like spells -stitch by stitch- into the symbols and plaids. This way might was put into the plaid that was supposed to protect the wearer. Depending on the locality, wrap – fore-runner of a plaid – had different names: scarf, woollen ladies’ coverlet, blanket, rain plaid, stole, shawl and others. Our products have different names resultant of the peculiarity of the locality.

51,00€

 Plaid of Muhu County / flower

51,00€

 Hiiumaa seascarf

42,00€

 Plaid of Muhu

Dimensions 70 x 200 cm In Muhu, unlike many other places, wrap and plaid were distinguished - wrap was bigger. Plaid was also being worn across one’s shoulders in this area. Embroidering of plaids was started before the I World War. These plaids...

59,00€

 Muhu plaid

Dimensions 140 x 200 cm In Muhu, unlike many other places, wrap and plaid were distinguished - wrap was bigger. Plaid was also being worn across one’s shoulders in this area. Embroidering of plaids was started before the I World War. These plaids...

51,00€

 Plaid of Muhu County / flower

Dimensions 140 x 200 cm 100% cotton In Muhu, unlike many other places, wrap and plaid were distinguished - wrap was bigger. Plaid was also being worn across one’s shoulders in this area. Embroidering of plaids was started before the I World War....

17,00€

 Plaid of Saare County / Kihelkonna narrow

Dimensions 35 x 180 cm 70% cotton, 30% flax Saaremaa patterns are interestingly closely related. There are similar details on coifs, sleeves and bands. Saaremaa scarf has been inspired by the band pattern of Jämaja. Band was used to fasten clothes;...

42,00€

 Plaid of Saare County / Kihelkonna

Dimensions 70 x 180 cm 70% cotton, 30% flax Saaremaa patterns are interestingly closely related. There are similar details on coifs, sleeves and bands. Saaremaa scarf has been inspired by the band pattern of Jämaja. Band was used to fasten clothes;...

49,90€

 Plaid of Saare County / Kihelkonna wide

Dimensions 105 x 180 cm 70% cotton, 30% flax Saaremaa patterns are interestingly closely related. There are similar details on coifs, sleeves and bands. Saaremaa scarf has been inspired by the band pattern of Jämaja. Band was used to fasten clothes;...

49,90€

 Plaid of Saare County / Kihelkonna black

Dimensions 105 x 180 cm 70% cotton, 30% flax Saaremaa patterns are interestingly closely related. There are similar details on coifs, sleeves and bands. Saaremaa scarf has been inspired by the band pattern of Jämaja. Band was used to fasten clothes;...

37,50€

 Plaid of Saare County / Kihelkonna

Dimensions 140 x 165 cm 100% cotton In Kihelkonna, until the mid-19th century – woollen blue and white tartan plaid persisted as a traditional shawl. Blue symbolized the sky and thinking. Checked wrap was worn across one’s shoulder. In the end of...

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