Bigga-Helena Magga

Bigga-Helena Magga (born in 1969) is an artisan working with traditional Sámi handicrafts. She was born in Ivalo, where she is currently based.

Magga creates duodji handicrafts out of soft materials, as yarn and tanned reindeer leather, called sisna, or softened reindeer skin for boots. The inspiration for the sisnaworks is objects and utensils used in everyday life. The mittens and the woven ribbons have traditional patterns on them. The softened reindeer skin is made into traditional fur boots used in the winter. It was Magga’s mother who once taught her the ways of Sami handicrafts, and nowadays, Magga does leatherworks together with her sister.

Photography: Katja Hagelstam.