Seto belts **
Teachers: Mari Pukk and Helve Maripuu
Mari Pukk (born in 1968) graduated from Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics in 2010 specialising in native textile craft. Since 2012, she has been studying native textile crafts at University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. She has worked as an editor of the magazine Käsitöö and published several articles. Similarly, she has conducted handicraft training courses and edited handicraft textbooks. Since 2015, she has been working at Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics as a teacher of textile crafts - ribbon plaiting, basics of sewing, felting, textile printing, textile painting and study of textile materials.
Helve Maripuu (born in 1976) remembers her interest towards handicraft since childhood. After graduating Tartu Art High School she studied tailor`s work in Tartu Vocational Education Centre. She also has a academical degree in counseling and social politics. After years of office-work and sewing at home-studio she concentrated to the passion and started studies of traditional textile at Tartu University Viljandi Culture Academy.
Studies included Erasmus trainee-ship- practical periods in Italy, Rome, supervised by master of handicraft. After graduating Viljandi Culture Academy she opened her own private company, which consists tailor`s work, handicraft projects, workshops, consultations, design of items based on traditional textile.
We will learn old bottle neck belt technique that has been used in Estonia, in Livonia, and in southern Finland. Bottle neck belt technique's name comes from the tool – a glass bottle – that is used. In Estonia bottle neck belt techniques was still used in the 20th century in Seto region for making the most spectacular belts for men. Belts with diagonal stripes or zigzag pattern were embellished with tassels and beads.
In addition, we learn an alternative technique for making of an one-color belt with diagonal strips. The special crochet technique is less time-consuming and therefore the belt was called a 'lazy's belt'
During the workshop we learn more about both techniques and design an object to be made (a belt or a strap) and learn decorating with tassels and beads.
Previous plaiting/knotting and crochet experience is recommended.