Anu Pink (EST)

Title of the lecture 1: "Estonian archaeological knitted findings through the glance of the technologist" (30 min)

Compared to some other regions there is not much archaeological knitwear found from Estonia due to the poor climate conditions, but still there are some very old and exiting pieces preserved in our museums. As Anu Pink herself is a very good knitter, she very carefully studied the knitted details and upon that was able to assume the functions and map the exact knitting methods of these pieces. As a conclusion she is convinced that those methods were apparently known to Estonian knitters already before the 18-19th century!  

Title of the lecture 2: "Local differences of the Estonian ethnographical knitting techniques of the socks in 19th century. Is there really 30 types of heels?" (40 min)

We have gotten used to the idea that every region has had its own colours and patterns, but never quite thought that techniques also could be different in different places. When Anu Pink was looking for the answer to that question during her MA studies 7 years ago, she was determined to examine all the preserved socks and stockings in the Estonian museums. At first she was certain that she would find maybe 3-4 types of heel and toe top constructions of the socks and stockings, but eventually it turned out that actually there were more than 30!!! It was a total surprise... 

Anu Pink (b. 1964) is educated as a craft teacher in Tallinn Pedagogical Institute and holds a master degree in Native Crafts from Uni. Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy graduated in 2013).

After being teacher for 25 years she now is working at Saara Publishing House where she is editing craft books and compiling study materials. Her favourite subject at work and in spare time is knitting, especially the technological aspect. She instructs courses in Uni. Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy and Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics, and is a knitting mentor at the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union.


“Töökaartide komplekt. Kudumine” 2001        

Studybook “Kudumine IV-IX kl.” 2002                                                           

“Kirjad kodust”, collection of maps with mitten patterns 2009–2011               

“Meite Muhu mustrid” 2010

”Türi kindad ja sukad” 2011

Master thesis "Silmuskoeliste sukkade ja sokkide kudumise tehnoloogilised võtted, nende muutumine ja paikkondlikud erinevused 19.-20. sajandi Eestis" (Knitting techniques of stockings and socks, their development and local variations in Estonia in 19th and 20th century, supervised by Kristi Jõeste) 2013

“Eesti silmuskudumine 1. Tavad ja tehnikad” 2014

“Estonian Knitting 1. Traditions and Techniques” (with Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste)2015

“Pärnumaa rahvarõivad”, the chapters about knitting 2017

“Eesti silmuskudumine 2. Sukad ja sokid” 2018

Editor of the books on Haapsalu lace knitting 2009–2018 


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