söndag 27 januari 2013

"Uzorne Viazane Komi" and other books on Komi traditions and patterns

Since a recent project was the Komi Cap I decided to write about some books containing information about the Komi tradition, people and patterns.

My absolute favourites are two books by Galina Nikolaevna Klimova: "Uzorne Viazane Komi" (Knitted Patterns of the Komi) 1978, and "Tekstil´nyi ornament Komi" (Komi Textile Ornamentation) 1984. 

They are in Russian, which means that  most of the information in the text is lost to me, but they contain a lot of charts that make up for that. Very hard to find copies of these books.

In the book "Finno-Ugric Folk Art", 1977, by Istvàn Rász there is interesting information regarding many Finno-Ugric people, no knitting patterns though.

If you want to know more about the Komi religion, mythology, traditions and rites you should read "Encyclopaedia of Uralic Mythologies - Komi Mythology". The English edition is based on the Russian original from 1999 (Russian Academy of Sciences, Uralic Department, Komi Scientific Center Institute of Language, Literature and History, Ministry of Culture and Higher Education of the Republic of Komi).

"The Encyclopaedia of Uralic Mythologies is a descriptive and analytic compendium of the mythologies of the people speaking the Uralic languages - from the Lapps in Northen Europe and up to the Selkups and Nganasans in Siberia. The people of the Uralic linguistic family being the aborigines of the Eurasiatic North survived a long and complicated history and preserved their original religious and mythological traditions, where traces of primitive beliefs and archaic religious systems (e.g. shamanism) merge into ancient influences (e.g. the Indo-Iranian and Ancient Germanic) and into the later impacts of modern religions. ...."

And then Charlene Schurch: "Mostly Mittens, Traditional Knitting Patterns from Russia´s Komi People". This book has also been called "Knitting Marvelous Mittens, Ethnic Designs from Russia" and "Mostly Mittens. Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia, Revised Edition" in later editions. There are lots and lots of nice patterns here.

1 kommentar:

  1. Så fina mönsterböcker du har, det ska bli roligt att se allt fint som du kommer ur dem, mössan blev väldigt fin by the way.