Travelling Temaricious: Latvia ❸

English follows below

旅するテマリシャス:ラトビア❸

いよいよお待ちかねの野外民芸市へ。森の中で開かれる年に一度の民芸市は清々しい青空の下で開催された。

Finally, heading to long awaited the folk art and craft festival in Latvian ethnographic open-air museum i.e. the forest. The sky is blue, the whether is perfect for the day!
白い屋根のスタンドが続く森の小径が美しい。

Passage to the stands. White roos are beautifully lining up.

街の市場で几帳面に並ぶ野菜をみて、ラトビアの人々のその性格を感じとっていたのだが、様々な手作りの民芸品から見てとれる細やかな気遣いのあるつくりを何度も目にし、それは確信に変わった。

Neatly displayed groceries in a market hinted character of Latvians but great handmade baskets, wooden pieces, mittens and many more things proved that I was correct.

自然な姿を生かした木製カトラリー類は木のぬくもりが優しさや安心感を与え、繊細な細部には生活に役立つ実用的な配慮を感じる

Wooden cutleries make the most of the natural character and you can feel the warmth of wood gives a sense of security. The all the hand-crafted items were carefully made paying attentions to small details for them to be practical and beautiful.


何個あっても嬉しい籠類。お気に入りのサイズや形を見つけるのが楽しい。経験豊富な友人のおかげで白樺を手に入れる事が出来たが、残念な事に白樺の籠の職人は少なくなっているそうだ。

The baskets, you can never get enough of. It is the place to indulge yourself to find your perfect basket(s)! There were so many varieties, more than I could imagine.

Thanks to my experienced friend, I was able to have a few white birch baskets. Such baskets are becoming rare piece as there are only a few craftsmen remaining.

ラトビアといえばミトン。想像以上に羊毛100%、更に模様編みでもってダブルに編まれたミトンは暖かい。ミトンもそうだが、民族衣装のベルトなどに使われたCelosana(ツェロサナ)と呼ばれるカード織りのリボンもラトビアの昔からの神話や自然のシンボルを模様にしていて古から続くストーリーを感じさせる。配色も地域性があるように感じた。手まりにとても似た性格をもつ民芸品だなぁと共感、もっと勉強しようと決めたのだった。

今年の冬は暖かいミトンとブランケットでぬくぬくが決定して、ニヤニヤが止まらない。

民芸市の様子の続きはまた明日…

Latvia is mitten. Mitten is latvia. 100% woollen, pattern and double knitted  mittens are warm and soft. From the patterns originated in symbols of Latvian mythology on mittens and Celosana*, you can tell the long history and the stories. The symbols, as well as the colour pallets that differ region to region, I realised their folklore seem to share similar trait with Temari. It is fascinating. I am going to study more about it.

It makes me smirk, when I imagine the warm cuddle of new mittens and blankets I will have in this winter.

* belt/ribbon for folklore costume

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