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Here you’ll find pewter bracelets made by craftspeople in Swedish Lapland. Pewter bracelets made from leather and silver have been crafted around here by skilled tradespeople for generations. We’ve selected a variety of traditional as well as more modern designs for you to choose from. All materials are high-quality, and the leather used is naturally tanned reindeer leather from distributors with very high standards regarding the environment and animal welfare.

What is a pewter bracelet?

A pewter bracelet is a leather bracelet with pewter embroidery, most commonly with a pewter braid or a pewter thread pattern sewn on to the leather. Some designs have added silver or glass beads as decoration, and the width of the braid ranges from ca 0.5 cm up to several centimetres. Often these bracelets are made from naturally tanned reindeer leather, and a high-quality pewter bracelet has a nice and even stich on the back, and the pewter will have been carefully and evenly sewn on to the front. The most classic model is the 1 cm leather bracelet with one simple pewter braid.

The pewter bracelet- An accessory originating from Sámi pewter embroidery

Forming pewter in to a thread used for embellishments, is a technique originating from historic Sámi craft traditions. Pewter bracelets are a relatively modern product, but pewter embroidery has been found on old costumes, utensils, bags, and other similar items in Sámi areas, with the oldest archaeological finds being from the 11:th century.

At the beginning of the 19:th century, the art of pewter embroidery had almost been lost. Just in the nick of time, a man named Andreas Wilks happened to find his mother’s old pewter thread making tools, and taught himself how to manufacture pewter thread himself. Wilks started giving classes in the matter, thus giving new life to an almost forgotten trade. Today, pewter embroidery is a skill that’s alive and well among Sámi designers and artisans. 

How pewter thread was manufactured historically

  • A small branch of alder or birch wood was split along the middle, the marrow was removed, and the two halves were tied back together.
  • A mixture of lead and molten pewter was poured in to the hollow of the branch, moulding the pewter in to thin rods.
  • The pewter rods were then pulled through small holes in a plate made from reindeer antler, until reaching the right thickness.
  • The thread was then spun around reindeer tendons (nowadays thick sewing thread) with a special tool, creating pewter thread.

Pewter bracelet boom in the 1970’s

In the 1970’s, classes in how to make pewter bracelets popped up all around Sweden, and both Sámi and non-Sámi people were creating bracelets with all kinds of different designs. Nowadays you can find pewter bracelets of different qualities, and even mass produced ones made in factories in faraway countries. High-quality pewter bracelets however, are made from naturally tanned reindeer leather, and they have delicate, smooth embroidery on the front, and a nice and even stitch on the back.

Pewter bracelets with naturally tanned reindeer leather

All the pewter bracelets we stock are made from naturally tanned reindeer leather. This means the leather’s been tanned with natural agents only, without using any heavy metals or toxic substances. The leather comes from free-roaming reindeer in Sápmi, and is prepared at small scale local leather tanneries in the north.


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