Old home of hatstraw maker at Postimäki, "mail post hill"
So how are these made?
The first things you need are the straws
The straws are plaited together to form a band
The plaited strawbands are flattened with a pressure roller
One product of the Postimäki residents was this kind of strawband. These were sent to next handicrafters in Porvoo town, to sew them side-by-side together, to form a hat
Final product was a hat or a bag
You could also make straw-bocks of the straws
Postimäki people had to mill their grain with hand-rotated stones to produce flour - bread was not sold in shops, as there were no shops either...
Postimäki museum is being kept in condition by voluntary people
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