Monica Blind-Påve - Arctic Indigenous Design Archives (AIDA)

Monica Blind-Påve

Student of Duodji and Design

Monica Blind-Påve is from a village called Badje Sohppar on the Swedish side of Sápmi. She grew up in a reindeer herding family in an area called Sárevuopmi, where duodji has been a natural part of the living. She is truly grateful for all the knowledge she has learned from her parents, Ánte Juhána Ánne Márjá and Niillasa Lásse. She has continued to practice the traditional duodji and transforming the duodji into something new with traditional Sami materials. She has also taken various educations in duodji, where she has been working with materials such as tree and antler materials, silver and fur, reindeer hide and other fabrics.

The pieces on this page are the works she has done during her education at Sami University of Applied Sciences in Guovdageaidnu, where she took the class Duodji and Digital Stories, which is a part of the AIDA I -project. In the Duodji and Digital Stories -class, there were tasks to make duodji with certain themes such as ”Johtin” (Eng. relocation) and ”Mun lean” (Eng. I am).

A Small Handbag

The duodji within “Johtin” theme is a handbag, that is inspired by the pointy tip of a sami ski, or a boat, or a Sámi sledge (geres), or the ears of a moose. The handbag is for carrying a cell phone while relocating and traveling. It is made of homemade prepared reindeer hide, and the fur from a newborn reindeer calve. The handbag is sewn of offcuts and leftovers that she has been storing for some time. The bracket on the handbag is made of reindeer antlers.


The duodji with the theme ”Mun lean” is inspired by the woman’s traditional belt that belongs to the gákti (sami costume) from Gárasavvon area, where Monica comes from. The belt is decorated with prepared reindeer hide, wool cloth and silver buttons with antler decorations. The colours of the belt are different from the traditional woman’s belt from Gárasavvon area, which usually has red and yellow as main colours.