Exhibition "Estonian traditional striped blankets" 4.04–29.06.2018
University of Tartu Centre for Arts Gallery
in Old Anatomical Theatre Lossi str. 38, Tartu
Opening: 4 April 2018, 4 PM
Exhibition remains open till 29th June on working days from 10 AM - 5 PM
Exhibition of blankets woven by the Estonian Native Textile students of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.
The exhibition displays woollen supplementary weft weave blankets copied from blankets and rugs in Estonian museums by students during the 2nd year weaving course. According to old wedding customs, the bride had to make a blanket for the bridal bed; unmarried young people slept under woollen or sheepskin coats. Ancient woven bridal shoulder scarves were replaced by colourful striped (supplementary weft weave), chequered, patterned and embroidered blankets.
The items displayed in this exhibition have been made using traditional techniques and tools. The patterned loom-woven blankets were made according to whole or partially-preserved blankets in museums, thus giving a new life to the forgotten handicraft heritage.
In pattern-taking and weaving, the students were supervised by Christi Kütt, Lecturer in Estonian Native Textile. The curator of the exhibition is Kristi Jõeste, Programme Director and Lecturer in Estonian Native Textiles.