Birch bark weaving *
Teachers: Andres and Imbi Rattasepp
Andres Ratassepp (born in 1970) graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University as a teacher of arts and drawing in 2003. He completed his master’s studies in Native Crafts at University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy in 2014, with his master’s thesis titled “Estonian Birch-bark Satchels: Characteristics, Weaving Techniques and Possible Modern-Day Uses”.
Andres has worked as a teacher of craft and technology, has supervised adult students and taught bark work in various workshops. With his wife Imbi, he established NPO Palupera Käsitöökoda, the principal aim of which is to promote and popularise the so-called male handicraft.
The assistant and interpreter at the bark work course, Imbi Ratassepp (born 1986) is a handicraft specialist who has taught adults at various workshops. Imbi graduated from Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics in spring 2016 specialising in native woodworking.
In this basic course of birch bark weaving an overview of Estonian traditional birch bark crafts is given. Historically, birch bark weaving has been spread mostly in rural northeastern and southeastern Estonia. Every farm owner probably had the basic bark processing skills.
In the workshop, you can learn basic skills to make simpler and a bit more complicated traditional objects out of birch bark in weaving technique. Items that can be produced during the workshop are a toy, secret box, knife sheath, salt cruet or small basket. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as advanced participants.
The bark and other materials for one set of items are provided by the teachers and included in the participation fee.