Living traditions

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  • Lamprey fishing

    Fishing for lamprey with special basket traps is a very old tradition. Smoked and salted lampreys were being supplied to the royal court as early as …

  • Hammarkullen Carnival

    The carnival in Hammarkullen is an annual event with roots in various parts of the world. Song and dance troupes from a number of different countries…

  • Dressing of pelts/tanning

    17 February 2020

    Knowledge of how to utilise the skin from an animal and process it is generally known as dressing of pelts/tanning. Tanning is a craft where the fini…

  • Making frieze

    19 August 2019

    Tucking or fulling is a method for processing woollen cloth to make the fabric thicker and more durable. A processed piece of cloth is called a friez…

  • Folk costumes

    30 January 2019

    Folk costumes as a symbol of local and national identity has been used in Sweden for around 400 years.

  • Double cloth from Bohuslän

    17 January 2019

    Double cloth from Bohuslän is a woven using a technique which has existed in various forms in Sweden since the Late Middle Ages. In Bohuslän, this te…

  • Hand net fishing tradition in the Torne Valley

    Fishing for whitefish and salmon with hand nets is a traditional fishing method that is still being practised in the various rapids of the Torne Vall…

  • Vadstena lacemaking

    12 September 2018

    Lacemaking involves braiding threads with the aid of lace-bobbins and a number of flax threads. The threads are braided and patterns are created on a…

  • Rag-rugs

    6 March 2018

    The tradition of weaving rag-rugs grew during the first half of the 19th century and is connected to the tradition of placing rugs on the floor. Init…

  • Clinker boat traditions

    18 January 2017

    Building clinker boats is an ancient technique in the Nordic shipbuilding tradition. The old technology is still in use along parts of the Swedish co…

  • Artisanal glass

    17 May 2016

    Artisanal glass is the craft of making glass objects using various techniques. The craft is based on the melted glass and has been passed no from mas…

  • Laggning of wooden vessels

    19 February 2016

    Laggning (staving) is an old technique for making wooden vessels. Archaeological findings show that staving was common on the European continent befo…