About Paivi Suomi
Sami Band Woven Belts
I weave belts and sashes in the Saami tradition using a small heddle or reed. Many of the Saami bands are woven with intricate pattern detail where the pattern is hand picked thread by thread. The patterns can vary from 7 pattern threads to over 50 threads.
The Saami woven bands had many uses such as for belts, as shoe bands where the woolen bands are wrapped around the legs similar to gaitors, for trims on their clothing, for harnessing reindeer, for wrapping up baskets or as hairbands.