Selbu mittens

This exhibition with more than 500 pairs of knitted mittens focuses on the rich variation of patterns of the Selbu mitten.

The history of Selbuvotten started on a cold winter Sunday in 1857, when shepherd girl Marit Emstad and her sister arrived at the regular Sunday church service. The girls were wearing homemade knitted mittens, something that attracted no special attention, but it was the mitten patterns and expression that virtually revolutionized Norwegian knitting traditions.

The mittens had beautiful two-colored star patterns – a totally unknown trend at that time. They became very popular among the locals with attempts to outdo each other in the beautiful design work. The different patterns took names from people, farms, activities or things of daily life: “The Emstad Rose”, “The Whiskers Rose”, “The Coffee Bean Rose” and “The Tree Rose”.

In 2010, Selbu Husflidslag sat a world record: The world’s biggest Selbu mitten! It took three years and forty five people to knit the 6.5 feet (2.4 meter) long mitten. The Selbuvott has meant a lot for the little village of Selbu in Sør-Trøndelag County. Earlier, the mitten was used as a payment method, where they were exchanged against other goods. This mitten is a part of our exhibition. 

 The exhibition will be open until January 22nd. 

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