Tour Guide: Ingebjørg Monsen
Tour Leader: Laurann Gilbertson
Vesterheim’s seventh Textile Study Tour focused on the textiles and traditions of both coastal Norway and the Sámi people. Participants learned about weaving, knitting, sewing, and folk costumes while traveling through Norway’s northernmost counties with stops in Tromsø, Samuelsberg, Alta, Máze, and Kautokeino. There were special opportunities to learn about Sámi duodji (functional items made beautiful) and to try several textile techniques. Syttende Mai, Norwegian Constitution Day, was enjoyed with parades, music, and beautiful national costumes.
Ingebjørg Monsen has provided textile instruction, interesting information, and lots of fun on each of Vesterheim’s Textile Study Tours.
Laurann Gilbertson has been Textile Curator at Vesterheim for 19 years and is now Chief Curator. She has planned and led seven Textile Study Tours, beginning in 2003.