The world's largest exhibition of traditional stockings from the island of Muhu in currently on display at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) in Tartu, showcasing 70 historical stockings, as well as 84 pairs knitted especially for this exhibition.
Ttwo stories unfold in front of visitors to the exibition: One in which one of the 100 Estonian women who took upon themselves the challenge of knitting a pair of Muhu socks according to their own tastes, while the other covers the tradition of the over century-old stocking knitting tradition, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported Tuesday night.
"The stockings can be considered one of the masterpieces in the world's knitting culture. They are made with a very fine knit and with complex patterns, using a fine wool. It all takes a long time," one of the curators of the exhibition, Anu Pink, said.
Visitors are given guidelines on knitting the stockings, so they can try it out for themselves if they wish.
The 84 new pairs were made by the women of the Knitters' Copy Club.
"Even though the knitters are from the club, only four of the 84 pairs are actual copies, and these are also copies of originals which had since been destroyed. In fact, every person has created their stocking themselves. Everybody has a story to tell," Pink said.
The exhibition can be visited until the end of January, at ERM.
"This exhibition has been greeted so well by people. And if we look around the hall, this is small wonder because they are the product of a lot of work," ERM's collections curator, Kadri Vissel said.
Editor: Roberta Vaino, Andrew Whyte