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  • Krona tillverkad i hår. Foto: Anna Sparr.


    3 March 2023

    Hairwork is a type of jewelry crafted from human hair. The hair is braided or made into lace in various styles, which is arranged into the finished p...

  • Glahålskaffe

    3 March 2023

    ”Glahålskaffe” (Glahål coffee) is an expression that describes the coffee break which takes place when almost having finished a weave. Usually, those...

  • Ett par tumvantar slätstickade i tvåändsstickning av mörkbrunt ullgarn. Foto: Elisabeth Eriksson/Nordiska museet (CC BY-NC-ND).

    Twined knitting

    9 February 2023

    Twined knitting (tvåändsstickning) is a technique dating back to the 16th century. Two strands of yarn are used, alternating the strands for each loo...

  • Knitting

    9 February 2023

    Knitting is a textile craft that involves making soft, warm garments such as sweaters, mittens, and socks from yarn.

  • Spelövning med deltagarna på Nordiska psalmodikonförbundets årsmöte i Karlshamn år 2022. Foto: Johan Skog.


    9 February 2023

    The psalmodicon is a string instrument that was common in much of Sweden during the 19th century. Interest in the psalmodicon has seen a revival in r...

  • Artisanal flour production

    9 February 2023

    Several small-scale rural mills producing artisanal flour still exist in Sweden. Many mills have medieval roots and produce flour from locally grown ...

  • Sojdesbränning – tar burning on the island of Gotland

    8 February 2023

    The traditional production of pine tar on Gotland is part of a Scandinavian practice. Pine tar is burned in pits called “sojden”. Several active grou...

  • Arbete i handskmakeri år 1924. Foto: Nordiska museet (CC BY-NC-ND).

    Glove making

    8 February 2023

    Glove making is the art of making and cutting out gloves in leather. It is important to be able to "read" the skin, which requires experience, to use...

  • ”Sillakassa” tillverkad genom bastabinne. Foto: Vänersborgs museum (CC BY).

    Bastabinne in Ödenäs

    8 February 2023

    Bastabinne is a technique which uses spruce bast to make baskets and other objects, and to make ropes.

  • French polishing and cellulose lacquer

    8 February 2023

    The technique for French polishing was developed in France in the 18th century. It became popular in Sweden at the beginning of the nineteenth centur...

  • Nyckelharpa

    Nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle)

    8 February 2023

    A Nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) is a string instrument with a relatively long slender body. When it is played it is held just below the chest, a bit lik...

  • Träbåtsvarvet Hälleviksstrands varv på Orust. Foto: Gunnel Ilonen/Sjöhistoriska museet (CC BY).

    Varvskompetens träskrov (wooden boats)

    8 February 2023

    Wooden boat shipyards have existed in Sweden since the Viking Age. In the 16th and 17 centuries several shipyards were built to build up a strong fle...

  • Ångfartyget S/S Saxaren i Stockholms skärgård år 1963. Foto: Arne Sundström/Sjöhistoriska museet.

    Steamship traffic

    8 February 2023

    In Sweden there is a living knowledge of how to drive steamships. Thanks to the great interest and voluntary involvement, there are about twenty-five...

  • Mjölkbunke tillverkad i trä. Runt laggkärl med tio stavar, samt två utanpåliggande vidjor. Foto: Teddy Hallingström/Skansen (CC BY-SA).

    Laggning of wooden vessels

    8 February 2023

    Laggning (staving) is an old technique for making wooden vessels. Archaeological findings show that staving was common on the European continent befo...

  • Artisanal glass

    8 February 2023

    Artisanal glass is the craft of making glass objects using various techniques. The craft is based on the melted glass and has been passed no from mas...

  • Foto: Föreningen Allmogebåtar.

    Clinker boat traditions

    8 February 2023

    Building clinker boats is an ancient technique in the Nordic shipbuilding tradition. The old technology is still in use along parts of the Swedish co...

  • Äldre trasmattor. Trasmattor kallades förr alnamattor eftersom de var en aln bred och sju alnar långa.


    8 February 2023

    The tradition of weaving rag-rugs grew during the first half of the 19th century and is connected to the tradition of placing rugs on the floor. Init...

  • Knyppeldyna skänkt till Nordiska museet år 1937. Foto: Lilian Blomdahl-Vadasz/Nordiska museet (CC BY-NC-ND).

    Vadstena lacemaking

    8 February 2023

    Lacemaking involves braiding threads with the aid of lace-bobbins and a number of flax threads. The threads are braided and patterns are created on a...

  • Nykomponerad finnväv av Annika Andersson. Väverska är Lisbeth Granberg. Hemslöjden 100 år – Nordiska museet 2012. Foto: Susanne Harrysson.

    Double cloth from Bohuslän

    8 February 2023

    Double cloth from Bohuslän is a woven using a technique which has existed in various forms in Sweden since the Late Middle Ages. In Bohuslän, this te...

  • Dräkter från Vingåker och Österåker, Sörmland. Ur boken

    Folk costumes

    8 February 2023

    Folk costumes as a symbol of local and national identity has been used in Sweden for around 400 years.

  • Making frieze

    8 February 2023

    Tucking or fulling is a method for processing woollen cloth to make the fabric thicker and more durable. A processed piece of cloth is called a friez...

  • Bild från Lottas Garfveri i Sigtuna. Foto: Håkan Olsen.

    Dressing of pelts/tanning

    8 February 2023

    Knowledge of how to utilise the skin from an animal and process it is generally known as dressing of pelts/tanning. Tanning is a craft where the fini...

  • Här framträder en kurdisk dansgrupp. Foto: Jonatan Werring.

    Hammarkullen Carnival

    8 February 2023

    The carnival in Hammarkullen is an annual event with roots in various parts of the world. Song and dance troupes from a number of different countries...

  • Fäbod culture

    A Fäbod can be described as a form of small-scale farm where the animals are sent to a pasture for summer grazing, consisting of a number of building...

  • Hand net fishing tradition in the Torne Valley

    Fishing for whitefish and salmon with hand nets is a traditional fishing method that is still being practised in the various rapids of the Torne Vall...

  • Henrik Renberg och hans son Jan-Olof vittjar nättingredskapen i Piteälven uppströms Arnemark den 3 oktober 2013. Rottingkassarna är av samma typ som tidigare använts i Umeälven. Foto: Kjell Sjöberg.

    Lamprey fishing

    Fishing for lamprey with special basket traps is a very old tradition. Smoked and salted lampreys were being supplied to the royal court as early as ...