Sandra Urvak

Three Seto Belts

Teacher: Sigre Andreson

Sigre Andreson

Sigre Andreson graduated from the UT Viljandi Culture Academy with a degree in Native Textiles (2016) and an MA in Heritage Technology (2019). She lives in Setomaa in southeastern Estonia, one of the most fascinating areas of traditional culture in Estonia. She has worked as head of the Seto Museum in Obinitsa and established the Seto Handicraft Kogo (2006), an organisation that unites Seto artisans, of which she is a board member to this day. She has been the project manager for several traditional Seto handicraft books (tablet-woven belts, crochet lace, bobbin lace) and is the author of a pattern book for Seto men's socks. She works as a handicraft teacher at Meremäe School. She also organises rural life and handicraft workshops at the nearly 150-year-old Rikka Ivvan Farm.


The national dress of Seto men includes a linen shirt, trousers and hand-knitted patterned stockings. Seto men wear their shirts on top of their trousers, tied with a narrow belt. 

The participants of this course will make three different Seto belts: klaasisuuvöö - literally bottle mouth belt, heegeldatud õõnesvöö - crocheted hollow belt and neljatahuline pael - four-sided ribbon. These belts became popular and were used by Seto men about hundred years ago. During the workshop, three belt pieces will be made, which can be used to make key rings.

The participation fee includes all the necessary materials (linen and woollen yarns) and tools (needle, glass bottle, crochet hook, key ring). The workshop is suitable for beginners.

Bottle mouth belt in progress
Crocheting a Seto belt
Seto belt