produce replicas and copies for Swedish museums. One example is a costume
made for a reconstruction of a female skeleton called the Barum woman dated to
7010-6540 BC that was found in Barumsviken, Skåne. The skin of red
deer, which was known to exist in Skåne during this period, was used for making the costume. The hide was brain- and smoke tanned, and a pattern was chosen that allowed the use
of a single hide for the entire dress. The dress was sewn with with bone needles using thread made from
sinew. Decorations on
the sleeves were inspired by a pattern inscribed on an ax made of deer antler from the
same period. The shoes were made of hide from the back legs of a deer. The
skin removed from the animal's heel is used as a heel for the shoe.
2010 I had an exhibition entitled “Arctic Leather
Tanning - A Cultural Heritage for Humanity” at the Ethnographic
Museum in Stockholm. The exhibit is composed of 4 sculptures in rawhide representing four women from different parts of the world who taught me tanning. Accompanying each sculpture is a slide show of the represented lady at work with skins. The exhibit was thus organized as thanks and gratitude for their help,
and to emphasize the importance of not only preserving objects in museums, but
also for preserving the original knowledge and techniques required to produce
the objects. The traveling exhibition has been shown in 28 museums in the Nordic countries. The exhibition is on display in my sewing studio connected to the tannery in Sigtuna.
Barum woman´s costume.
The Swedish History Museum.
Arctic Leather Tanning - A Cultural
Heritage For Humanity.
Diving Costume in moosehide. Museum of Diving. Stockholm.