Sylvia-koti, Lahti, Finland

Finnish people learned to make tapestries during the 16th century. In the early days they were used as covers in beds and boats and even as winding cloths. In the beginning of the 19th century, with industrialization taking over, such handmade items became less common for a while. The revival of national romanticism in the beginning of the 20th century awakened a new interest in traditional hand weaving and many forms of textile work appeared, for example as art tapestries.

  We wanted to make our tapestry in the traditional Finnish way, with the loom. The starting point for the design was thinking of colouring according to different phases of life. There is a centre point which both receives and sends out rays in various colours. The centre represents Sylvia-koti (Sylvia-home) and the rays represent all those who live, breathe and meet here daily.