Sandra Urvak

Belt Pocket Made of Stripy Skirt Fabric *

Teacher: Inna Raud

Inna Raud

Inna Raud obtained a higher education in handicraft in the specialisation of Native Textile at the UT Viljandi Culture Academy and completed her Master’s studies in Heritage Technology. She specialises in researching and making Estonian folk costumes and one of her favourite areas is fabric weaving. Since 2014, she has worked as a lecturer at the UT Viljandi Culture Academy and as a mentor instructor at the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union. She has also written books on the subject, including “Vändra kihelkonna rahvarõivad” (Folk Costumes of Vändra Parish), “Pastelde tegemine” (Making Peasant Shoes) and “Pärnumaa rahvarõivad” (Folk Costumes of Pärnu County).  

Making belt pockets

Estonian folk costume skirts are single-coloured, stripy and chequered. Longitudinal stripes are the most common. Traditionally, in every parish people wove skirts with their own colour scheme and stripe pattern. A pocket was worn on top of the skirt at the fastening, separately bound around the waist with a ribbon.

Belt pocket from the inside

During this two-day workshop, you can combine these two things – experience weaving a stripy skirt fabric and using the fabric to sew a belt pocket for yourself. The warp of the fabric is pre-applied on table looms and the workshop therefore only includes the weaving process. On the second day, the belt pocket will be sewn.

Belt pocket with a ribbon

Participation in the course does not require you to have previous knowledge of weaving or sewing.

Women wearing stripy skirts from Vändra parish
Tablet weaving and weaving on looms