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Olete oodatud Käsitööringi töötuppa, õppimaks tikandite loomist, sealhulgas traditsioonilist mulgi tikandit ja ristpistet.

Kõik huvilised on oodatud – nii vanad tegijad kui ka uued õpilased. Tule õpi koos meiega, jaga oma teadmisi või tule niisama juttu ajama.
Pakume lõunat ja suupisteid, hinna sees ka tikkimisks vaja minevad materjalid.

Kuupäev: laupäev, 3. juuli 2021
Kel: 09:30-15:30
Sissepääs: $30
Registreerimine ja piletid siin.


You are invited by the Sydney Estonian Society Art, Handicrafts and Ethnographic Collective for a day workshop in various embroidery techniques including archaic Mulgi embroidery and cross stitching.

Open to both novice and advanced stitchers, all are welcome. Whether you wish to learn, share your skills or just join us for a chat, the event will also include material costs, lunch and afternoon tea.

Date: Saturday, 3 July 2021
Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Entry: $30
Please register here


Translated from original text by Kaja Allilender

Mulgi embroidery is a very old style of embroidery that gives a lots of opportunities for usage nowadays. As a distinct regional style found across South Estonia, particularly around Viljandi, there are also shared similarities with embroidered costumes from the island of Kihnu.

Historically, these motifs – stylised images from plants and flowers – have been used widely: on medieval church walls, windows and on textiles. Mulgi women had several pieces of clothing decorated with this beautiful embroidery: headgears, aprons and big scarves traditionally on linen, with yarn coloured (painted) with home-derived vegetable dyes, mostly in yellow, red, blue and green.

  • Green symbolized the land, growing plants, as well as death
  • Blue reflected the sky and thinking
  • Dark green and dark blue gave an embroidery a basic tonality
  • Red was the colour of earth, blood fire and colour of love
  • Yellow was the colour of sunlight and was mostly used in paint accents
Traditionally motif edges were done with dark blue yarn. From stitches were used stem-, button hole-, chain-, cross- and satin stitch. The motifs used in archaic embroidery are known almost anywhere in the world. Like all the arts of the Middle Ages, the motifs were filled with meaningful symbols including:
  • Sõõr (circle) were one of the main motives to be used.  It symbolized the universe, the infinity, perfection, order and harmony. It also has been the symbol of the cycle of time as well as a universally shared symbol of the sun and of the earth sign like in other cultures. Additional motifs have derived from the circle, such as hemispheres, ring crosses, spoked wheels and an eight-pointed star.
  • Elupuu (life tree) is a symbol of conception and fertility. The trees of life are associated with the concept of the tree of paradise, as well as the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil found in Norse mythology. Many variations of the simplest forms of the elupuu can be seen throughout Mulgi embroidery.
  • Rõngasrist (the ring cross) was the sign of light and life, in Christianity had a meaning of celebration
  • Kodarratas (spindle wheel) was an ancient mythological sign of holiness and happiness. In Christianity it shared a meaning of Christ’s six-and eight-pointed monogram, spokes have been ancient mythological symbols of holiness and happiness, and have remained as a sign of destiny and fortune in the folk art of many European nations for centuries
  • Roos (rose) is a motif that clearly derives from the Middle Ages. In the symbolism of Christianity, the rose marked the mystical center, being the universal sign of heavenly perfection and the symbol of God. The number of rose petals added several nuances of meaning: a five-leaf symbol of silence, a six-leaf symbol of unity, balance and happiness, and a seven-leaf symbol of devotion and perfection. In Mulgi embroidery, 6- and 8-leaf roses stand out most visibly. Often the circle forms a whole with the circle.
  • Rist (cross) comes as an ancient symbol of the “eternal”. Quite literally it refers to the horizontal and vertical connections in the universe (significantly older than Christianity)
  • Kahekaharuline täht (eight-pointed star) was one of the oldest motifs and was known as a symbol of luck, happiness and rebirth
Information was sourced from here (Estonian text available only): 
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