What is the traditional jewelry of the Saami?

- Oct 11, 2018-

What is the traditional jewelry of the Saami?

The Saami are a tribal group in northern Sweden known for their distinctive style of leather jewelry. Because the Saami were traditionally nomadic, they did not produce jewelry made of metal or gems, but they could work with the leather from the reindeer they herded. The most well-known of these leather jewelry styles are their bracelets, also known as Swedish bracelets.

Traditional Saami leather bracelets can either be left plain, braided, or decorated in patterns made from horn beading and silver thread. Commercially-made Saami bracelets, which are sold around the world, include silver buttons, Swarovski crystals, silk thread, and glass beads.