On Wednesday, 22 April 2020, TRC volunteer Heidi Stanionyte from Estonia wrote:
Muhu is an island in the Baltic Sea and the third largest island of Estonia. The island is well known for its distinctive regional costume and special handicrafts. Distinctive Muhu slippers or shoes (pätid in Estonian) have been made and used for hundreds of years and are considered an important part of dress. Nowadays, the shoes are worn together with the rest of regional costume, but also together with work and everyday activities. The shoes can be worn by men and women.
The Muhu shoes in the TRC Collection (TRC 2020.0011a-b) were made by Triinu Traumann, who is from Muhu island and currently lives there as well. She emphasizes the importance of Muhu shoes for local culture. The shoes are embroidered, and Traumann learned to work Muhu embroidery, not only at a local handicraft club, but also from her grandmother and from school lessons. She told that actually living on the island provides much inspiration. Especially learning from the local masters and continuously practicing help to improve her skills.