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Gol Stave Church at the Norwegian Cultural History Museum

Educational–research visit of Lithuanian partners in Oslo was held on August 16-22nd. According to the main goals of the project – research of Norwegian sheep wool and Lithuanian linen production through the scientific and physical processes and creation of the innovative product – mobile, life, open and educational exhibition, the main goal of the visit was formulated: recognition of Norwegian culture and crafts, analysis of tools preserved in Norsk Folkemuseum, as well as materials and methods, analysis of the traditions of wool production, the road of wool from sheep to fabric, consideration of first real ideas and concepts of mobile educational exhibition.
During the whole visit various activities were accomplished, Lithuanian partners participated in educational classes, practically tested wool processing tools: carding combs, spindles, spinning wheel, weaving loom. Documentation of wool processing tools started on August 17th at Norsk Folkemuseum. Lithuanians got acquainted with wool processing tools, did a photofixation, drawing, weighing, description, discussion about tools comparing them with Lithuanian ones. Documentation of tools was finished on August 18th. On this day, Lithuanian partners got acquainted with the educations held in Norsk Folkemuseum and the whole process how they are conducted. Lithuanians and Norwegians participated in educational class of spinning with the wheel, discussed about the spinning process, spinning wheels in Lithuania and Norway. Lithuanians tried to spinn. Afterwards, all had a small trip through the museum: visited the most famous object of the museum – Gol Stave Church (medieval wooden Christian church building once common in north-western Europe; the name derives from the buildings’ structure of post and lintel construction, type of timber framing where the load-bearing posts are called stav in modern Norwegian.), tried to weave with tablets, comb the wool with cording combs and spinn with spindles.
The day of August 19th was dedicated for the craft of weaving. Lithuanians got acquainted with the details how this craft is represented in the museum. Project partners spent all day at the museum‘s weavery, finished to arrange the loom and started to weave the two-heddled single and one-coloured yarn fabric. Also, they tried to weave with tablets and „skietelis“ tool. On August 20th was organised the trip out of Oslo city to the Telemark region to the modern wool yarn spinnery („Telespinn“). Project partners got acquainted with the modern wool processing from the sheep, which, by the way, are pasturing in the natural surroundings, to the yarn. During the trip, partners visited two traditional handicraft shops „Husfliden“, where you can buy items of Norwegian design inspired by traditional patterns and techniques, sew or buy traditional national costumes (Bunad). Also, the biggest stave church in Norway was visited – Heddal.
On the August 21st project partners visited the main centre of all Husfliden shops in the Norway, which is located in Oslo old town. Partners saw the process of sewing the national costumes from the inside, communicated with the workers. After this, project partners visited Oslo Botanical Garden to see the exhibition about the natural fibres. They discussed not only about the natural wool and linen fibres, but also about hemp, nettle and other not common plants to our climate zone. The visit was crowned with the annual city craft festival, where local craftsmen showed their handicraft item.

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