I usually take two classes at my local community college. This year I chose 1,5 since I try to save money for my boyfriend’s visit in next week. I took a Frivolitee-class and a weekend course on Tykkimyssy. What exactly is a tykkimyssy? It’s a headdress used in Finland’s national costume. I go on to the history part later on.
The class and teacher were fantastic. I originally only wanted a Tykkimyssy for my Kansanpuku (like National costume but with less restrictions) but my passion and dream of having one day a valuable Kansallispuku has been renewed. I have been indecisive between Suur-Ulvila costume and Merikarvia costume as my roots come from both areas. I settled in Merikarvia as its more rare and I have more roots there than in Ulvila. Pori sadly does not have its own costume for some odd reason.
These pictures of Merikarvia-,(left) and Suur-Ulvila-costume (right) come from the book called Satakuntalaisia Kansallispukuja by Hakala/Ijäs/Suominen, Satakunnan nuorisoseurojen liitto, WSOY.
I got a call a week ago from Merikarvia. I was inquiring them about their Tykkimyssy embroidery and more info on their costumes. they seemed VERY happy that I was contemplating on making one. Apparently its rare. I have even met Merikarvians who have no knowledge they have a costume.
Finnish “Strawberry girl” from late 1700s and a swedish christmas card.
The steps were interesting, we cut the pieces from 16 pieces of newspaper and then a layer of construction paper, all these 9 layers were glued with RYE PORRIDGE! Apparently its a natural glue. Everything was glued except the foldings seen here. We then took wooden dummies shaped like our heads and a rock. We tapped the shape into the cap like this.
Then we left it overnight to harden and dry. The next mornig we arrived with our irons to smooth over any bumps or inconsistancies. The cap fitted my head luckily so perfectly I didn’t have to do as much work. I then cutted the extra stuff from it and sewed the lacing at the back (seen on the pics where I wear it). Then I sewed the Villavatiini (woollen mesh) into it. The actual red silk-part will come later. It didn’t include in the class.