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“Threads of Tradition, Threads of Change: Textile Art in Sunnfjord, Norway.”

March 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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Sallie Anna Steiner will talk about her research study with smett weavers in Sunnfjord, Norway as well as her research with the refugee sewing group in Sunnfjord. In this talk she will be discussing how various kinds of social forces–in the former case industrialization and urbanization, and in the latter case migration and immigration–impact the development and practice of traditional textile arts. By melding these two projects, we can understand how textile tradition has been a part of Norwegian culture for centuries.  More importantly these textile traditions are becoming part of the society as more recently as people from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East come to Norway. You will find this talk will engage your interest in Norwegian cultural history and immigration from unique angles.

Sallie Anna Steiner is a folklorist who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019. She is passionate about public arts work and has worked as a consultant and project assistant for museums, libraries, community organizations, and government arts boards. Currently, Dr. Steiner serves as the program manager of Folklore Village, a traditional arts non-profit in Dodgeville. In her free time, Sallie loves to sew, knit, and weave in the styles that she learned from her own family and from the wonderful women she’s had the opportunity to work with in Norway.


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March 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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