Skalleband Shoe Bands

Sami Shoe Bands

Sami Shoe Bands
Shell Bands, Skallebånd, Vuoddagat, Paulanauhat

Sami patterned shoe bands were traditionally woven on a rigid heddle loom. The woven bands were worn wrapped around the ankles and their purpose was to fasten the reindeer leather boots to the feet and to protect the legs against the snow, similar to modern day gaitors.

Sami Shoe Bands
Sami Shoe Bands

These Sami shoe bands have been woven in the classical tradition using high quality worsted wool yarns imported from Sweden and Finland. All the shoe bands are woven with wool, not cotton yarns, as the wool provides insulation against the snow. The woven wool band will felt with use, making it thicker and more durable against the snow. The shoe bands can be hand washed in cool water and hung to dry. Please do not place them in a washing machine or dryer.

The woven section of the shoe band can be 2-3 meters in length, with an additional 2-3 meters that is braided or twined. The woven section is wrapped around the middle of the calf, down to the ankle. The braided section is used for tying the band to the ankle. The woven end of the shoe band is stitched with a piece of reindeer leather. The braided end is finished with a tassle.

The woven bands are approximately 1.5 inches or 3-4 cm in width.
The Sami shoe bands can be ordered in a choice of lengths. Measure around your foot by wrapping a tape measure around from your ankle to mid calf. The band should be long enough to cover your pant leg to keep the snow out.

The bands can be ordered in a variety of designs. The Sami often wore shoe bands with simple designs for everyday wear, and more intricately patterned shoe bands for special occasions.

PLEASE NOTE:
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Classic Blocks and Stripes

The Classic Blocks and Stripes designs are woven in your choice of traditional Sami colours.
(Red, White, Green, Blue, Yellow, Black)
Width: approx. 3.5 cm

Blue White Red Sami Band
Blue White Red Sami Band
Sami Shoe Band 6 Colours
Sami Shoe Band 6 Colours
Woven Band LengthBraided Band LengthPrice EURO
2 meters2 meters€ 95.00
2.5 meters2 meters€ 115.00
3 meters2 meters€ 140.00

Complex Pickup Patterns
The complex pattern designs take longer to weave as each pattern row is picked up by hand.
The patterns can be ordered in a selection of designs. Wider Patterns that use more threads are more complex to weave and will cost a bit more.
The shoe bands can be woven in your choice of traditional Sami colours for background and pattern warp.
(Red, White, Green, Blue, Yellow, Black)

9 Pattern Thread Shoe Bands 3.5-4 cm width

Woven LengthBraided LengthPrice EURO
2 meters2 meters€ 150.00
2.5 meters2 meters€ 175.00
3 meters2 meters€ 200.00

9 Thread Skalleband
9 Thread Skalleband
Sami Shoe Bands
Sami Shoe Bands
Chevron Pattern Sami Band
Chevron Pattern Sami Band

Other 9 pattern designs are also available. Please enquire.

11 Pattern Thread Shoe Bands

13 Pattern Thread Shoe Bands 3.5-4 cm width

13 Pattern Thread Shoe Band
13 Pattern Thread Shoe Band
13 Sami Pattern Band - B
13 Sami Pattern Band – B

Other 13 pattern designs are also available. Please enquire.

All items are handmade and woven at the time of your order. A 50% non-refundable deposit (payable by Paypal) is required at the time of the order. This covers the yarn and materials costs, should you change your mind. The balance is due when the item is shipped.
Please allow 3-6 weeks for completion of your custom order.