Patterned mittens of Eastern Vidzeme [Austrumvidzemes rakstainie d?rai?i]

Aija Jansone

Publishing House Zinatne, find Riga 2014., arthritis 215 p. (in Latvian and English)

This book is devoted to the patterned mittens of eastern Vidzeme from the second half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century (primary sources), treat  reflecting the level of development of knitting skills in this particular period and area, and is intended for handicrafters who wish to supplement their knowledge of the history of knitting and their knitting skills, and to derive creative inspiration.

The pattern of development of knitting skills in Latvia during the second half of the 20th and early 21st century is revealed in the material collected in the course of ethnographic fieldwork in various cultural regions of Latvia.

The choice of the eastern Vidzeme region was determined by the material collected by the author in the course of ethnographic fieldwork in ?audona and M?triena Parishes of Madona District (2007) and K?kas and Varieši Parish of Krustpils County (2009), in the course of which 359 pairs of knitted mittens, gloves

and socks were recorded. Out of this total corpus, this publication analyses more than 180 patterned mittens, which provide a picture of the course of development of knitters’ creative approaches in eastern Vidzeme in the second half of the 20th and the early 21st century, and the work they have produced.

The tasks set in this work are:

1) to preserve the historical memory of the corpus of knitted patterned

2) to analyse the development of the knitting techniques, decoration and

3) to outline the interaction between professional applied art and folk art mittens from the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century; colour schemes of the mittens; in this sphere, identifying the causal relationships behind the developments.

In this study the illustrations of mittens are arranged in historical sequence and according to decoration groups. The photographs of mittens are supplemented with pattern drawings, which will be an invaluable aid for the knitter in developing new compositions.

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