Gákti is a piece of traditional clothing worn by the Sámi in northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. The gákti is worn both in ceremonial contexts and while working, particularly when herding reindeer. The traditional Sami costume is characterized by a dominant color adorned with contrast colored bands, plaits, pewter embroidery, tin art, and often a high collar. In the Norwegian language it is called 'kofte'.

This is a Traditional Sami garment (costume) with metal (goldwork) embroidered collar and silver jewellery buckles from Lapland.

Bride crown made from Elk antlers by Sami artist Martin Kuorak. The Sami people are the indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. The Sámi are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia.

Bride crown made from Elk antlers by Sami artist Martin Kuorak. The Sami people…

Sami bride | The Sami people, one of the largest indigenous groups in Europe, lives in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages, which are members of the Finno-Lappic group of the Uralic language family. | © samisknettverk:

The Sami people, one of the largest indigenous groups in Europe, lives in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Sami from different regions can have different traditional clothing colors

The indigenous people of Lapland are called Sami. Other people living in Lapland are just called Lapponians or Laps

SAMI -- Ethnic Scandinavians up North-- going across Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.      A huge amount still wear their traditional dress -- as the colors keep them highly visible in a hunter society. BRIGHT colors. Red Yellow Blue .  FUR for warmth, since they don't waste the fur  the curled foot?  Hello !!!! I figured it out.  The curl in the shoe used to be the way to keep the cross country ski on when basically walking fast across the snow.

Traditional Sámi shoe made from reindeer skin. (Kautokeino, Norwegian Lapland: Arctic & Antarctic photographs, pictures & images from Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography.

Photograph (colour); two Sámi girls outside of a store; one holds a roll of bale wire; they both wear wool hats and dresses; one wears a scarf and boots, the other shoes; Kautokeino, Norway. Gelatin silver print  © The Trustees of the British Museum

Two Sámi girls outside of a store; one holds a roll of baling wire; they both wear wool hats and dresses; one wears a scarf and boots, the other shoes; Photographed by Katesa Schlosser, 1967 (via British Museum)

Original people of the north. A story worth telling.  The Laplanders are Scandinavia's aboriginal people. They were nomads who wandered freely...

The Sami are Scandinavia's aboriginal people. They were nomads who wandered freely over all of Scandinavia with their reindeer herds. They brought their own culture, traditions and language. Today they live in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia.

Above: Jewelry, Sami silver collar (Silverkrage). Part of traditional clothing with silver and metal goldwork (embroidery) on the collar. Used of Senjen, Tromso, Norway, in the early 1800s. http://www.flickriver.com/photos/28772513@N07/3567228873/ Below: Sami woman from Sweden with a silver collar. 1935. https://www.flickr.com/photos/28772513@N07/14832789461/

Above: Jewelry, Sami silver collar (Silverkrage). Part of traditional clothing with silver and metal goldwork (embroidery) on the collar. Used of Senjen, Tromso, Norway, in the early Below: Sami woman from Sweden with a silver collar.

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