THE DUODJI ARTIST

24.07.2009

Terms

DUODJI

a collective term for various activities such as handicrafts and home-crafts. Duodji may include anything from knifemaking and silversmithing, to woodworking including sled and boat making. It also includes embroidery, sewing and all of the fabric arts including fashion design.

 
Sven-ake-risfjell

 DUODJI

The origins of duodji go back to the days when the Sámi were self-sufficient nomads. Today their handicrafts have the status of exclusive art. Duodji is expressed differently from region to region and exploits various techniques, materials, and processes. Without doubt, duodji is an essential part of the Sámi identity. Most of the handicraft are functional, reflecting the Sámi way of life, cultural traditions and natural environment.

"Duojar" Sven-Åke Risfjell was born in 1950 in Vilhelmina where he still lives and works.