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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.
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 1.5-3 meters in length, with an additional .5 to 1 meter at each end 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 wool vadmal. 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.
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