all sorts!: Shopping at the 400 yr old Jokkmokk Sami Market!
What makes it so special??!!
- that its miles up in north Sweden and in winter its up in minus Zero degrees with lots of snow - its an annual event of a 400 year old tradition - and its an excellent cultural event visiting people groups that have lived up here - bearing in mind of course theres as much of the modern assistance as the rest of sophisticated and modern Europe! - in these frozen conditions for so many years.
See people in their traditional Sami dress and traditional and not so traditional sami and local wares - that might be of some assistance in your life - or just interesting quirks!
What to buy: Some fantastic photographic items of the area - beautiful snow scenes - with reindeer and husky dugs - and of course the amazing Aurora/Northern Lights!
check out the photos for an array of wierd and wonderful items you can peruse amongst the stalls and take home with you!
reindoor horn back scratchers for instance! fox skin cloaks! reindeer skin boots. eat a reindeer burger while you shop......chocolate marshmallows, Arctic honey, pouches for those big knives you need for skinning reindeer!?,
What to pay: most was fairly expensive - shop around and decide what you want - prices seem to vary between stalls so you can shop around....
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various: Local handicraft
Why not buy yourself a reindeer fell? Just check that it is properly worked and doesn't leave hairs everywhere! Otherwise Jokkmokk is also full of shops selling Sami handicraft in general such as jewellery, birch- and antler products such as knives and baskets and much more. The village is the centre for the Sami Handicraft Institute which also has a shop, the Attje Museum sells things and you also have Jokkmokks Tenn which is famous throughout Sweden and sell all sorts of pewter and silverware and jewellery.
There are also places selling knitted things such as gloves with Sami patterns, or why not a moose leather hat.
What to pay: Anything from SEK 100 to 10000...
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Winter Market: Sami Handicrafts... and other handmade stuff
The Winter Market is all about commerce :) Men's clothes, Women's clothes, local craft, jewelry... The main theme of the market is 'furs and Sami handicrafts'. Jokkmokk has been traditionally the place where hunters from northern areas met to trade their catch and the same applied to Sami reinder herders who came to the market with reindeer products and handicrafts (such as traditional costumes and accessories).
What to pay: The prices vary quite a bit. Like in all other markets it is best to wait for the last day to buy because the prices are lower then. Also, don't buy before you shop around for the best price - you might find that prices differ from one manufacturer to another for the very same product.
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