Unraveling the Knot Basket: Investigating the Scandinavian Knutkorg

Jane Laurence and Fred Livesay team up to examine a unique basket construction called knutkorg (knot baskets), which were often decorated and used as special sendingskorg (visiting baskets). Using artifacts from the Vesterheim collection; the Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish digital craft archives; specimens from private collections; and examples of their own work, they examine the roots of this unique craft in Scandinavia and the Baltic states in the mid-1800s. Additionally, they share their research that delineates a continuity of this craft and an amazing connection to several communities in northern Minnesota in the early 1900s.

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