Envision the harsh but beautiful landscape of northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle, sometimes referred to as the land of the midnight sun and the northern lights. This country is the home for Saami ( a semi nomadic tribal group also known as Lapplanders). Ever since ancient times the reindeer has been a vital part of the Saamis culture, providing them with food, clothing and tools.
The pewter thread Erika uses for her jewelry was invented by the Saamis.and has been used by them for decorating their clothing and jewelry ever since the 16th century. The pewter thread which is coiled around a nylon thread is a nickel free alloy with 4% silver.
Erika braids the coil into different braids and sews them by hand with a clear nylon thread onto a strong, durable and soft reindeer hide. The hide is vegetable tanned and will not discolor your skin, for closure a reindeer antler button is used. All materials are hand picked from local sources in northern Sweden and of highest quality.
Erika grew up in northern Sweden and learned this unique handcraft of using pewter thread embroidery to make jewelry as a young girl. Her jewelry keeps her connected to her roots back home and to fellow Scandinavians in the US and she divides her time between the two continents. Her jewelry is a combination of rustic Nordic handcraft and modern simplicity. It can be worn by anyone, men, women and children.