Huopa: FI (trans) Felt
Tossut: FI(trans) Slippers
These felted booties are made in the Finnish tradition of feltmaking. They are handfelted using pure soft merino wool.
Wool is known for its properties of keeping you warm even when wet so they are perfect for those cold winter evenings. The wool slippers will mold to fit your feet perfectly.
You don’t have to, but to get a perfect fit, it is recommended that when you first get them, soak the slippers in warm water and squeeze out the excess water by wrapping them up in a towel. Then put them on your feet and allow them to dry.
The slippers can be handwashed in warm water and left to dry. Again, put them onto your feet while they are still damp for a perfect fit.
These handmade felt slippers come in a choise of colours and can be made to order to fit your foot through my yarnshop on Etsy and Folksy. Because the slippers are made by hand it can take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete your order.
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You can find these slippers in my shop on Etsy
These hand felted art pictures are based on some of the ancient rock art of my ancestors, the Saami people. Some of these carvings date back almost 5000 years. The northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia were inhabited by the Sami people. The images depict scenes from their daily life: tents and villages, boats, fish, birds, bears, reindeer as well as totemistic and shamanistic rituals.
To the Saami, reindeer herding was more than a profession but a way of life. Before the 17th Century the Sami relied on reindeer as their main food source as well as their clothing and shelter. The Sami needs were simple and they only took what they needed from nature. They completed their diet with hunting birds and fish and gathering berries. They were a nomadic people and moved their villages with the seasons and as the food sources for the reindeer diminished. Poro Reindeer Felt Art on Etsy
The Noaidi or Sami Shaman were traditionally the healers and protectors of the Sami people. They had the role of mediator between the human and spiritual world. Using a drum, the Noaidi invoked assistance from benevolent spirits. Noaidi Shaman Felt Art on Etsy
In Sapmi, the Land of the Midnight Sun, where the Sun doesn’t reach the horizon in the winter months, the Sun is appreciated and plays a major role in Sami culture.
At winter solstice, a reindeer was sacrificed to ensure that the sun returned to the world and put an end to the long winter season. At the time of the year when the Sun was returning, butter (which melts in the sunshine) was smeared on the doorposts, so that she could gain strength and go higher and higher in the sky. At summer solstice, people made sun rings out of leaves and pinned them up in her honour. Beaivi Sun Felt Art on Etsy
The Sami are a nomadic people and traditionally their home is the laavu, a portable tent that is the “house” for the family. The Sami lived in the laavu for most of the year. and moved their villages with the seasons as the food sources for feeding their reindeer diminished. Laavu Village Felted Art on Etsy