Harlaut, a local resident, said her interest in making the bracelets began some time ago while on a ski competition trip to the Alps. It was there that she saw a Swedish man making the bracelets and realized that it might be something she could master.
Harlaut later found step-by-step directions that helped her learn how to make the bracelets herself. The materials for the bracelets include reindeer leather, tin wire and buttons made from reindeer antlers. The tin wire is sewn into the leather.
Harlaut made 90 bracelets for the Åre 2019 Alpine FIS World Ski Championships with help from a friend. Her goal was to make them as original as possible, so they come in leather black, antique brown and light brown. The colors are not given out in accordance with the skier´s rank, so it is possible for a multiple-winner to get a bracelet of each color. The fact that they are handmade makes them as exclusive and unique as the skiers that receive them.
The tin wire is an important material since long used in the traditional Sami craft. The Sami knowledge of tin work was widely known even in historical times. During the Viking Age and the Middle Ages, objects of silver were the exclusive property of the rich. When the Sami wanted to decorate their costumes, they mainly made jewelry out of brass and tin. Tin was a commodity that the Sami eventually processed and crafted themselves. This type of bracelet not only has meaning in the traditional sense, but also on a personal level for Harlaut who received one on her first birthday.
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