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A pair of hand-knitted mittens is not only a universal symbol for wintertime happiness and comforts – for Latvians, mittens are much more than a way to warm your hands. Every ethnographic Latvian mitten tells a story, marks an anniversary and represents a specific region in Latvia (Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale, Latgale). Each pair features a unique design, utilizing a wide variety of traditional colours, patterns and symbols.
Tines company has set up an exhibition “Latvian mittens” with 44 framed 19th century and the end of the 20th century ethnographic mitten copies of all Latvian regions. For 2 years this unique exhibition will tour to different Latvian embassies and various museums around the world. The first embassy, to open this exhibition, was the Latvian Permanent Representation in Brussels, where the exhibition was on display from 13th December to mid-February. After the exhibition moved to the Czech Republic, where first it was on display in Olomouc National History Museum, and afterwards in the Moravian Museum in Brno. Next embassies are in Germany, Kazakhstan and Japan.
For most Latvians, this project is a special source of national pride, because it combines tradition, culture and history that will be enjoyed around the world.