Lectures & Courses

The tannery is open upon request. Call +46703127847 or email to lottasgarveri@gmail.com.

-Display of the exhibition "Arctic leather tanning-a cultural heritage" and "Plant Dyed Fish Leather".

Courses and Lectures :

Lectures Topics:
-The history of tanning.
-How the Inuit´s prepare reindeer and seal skin (the techniques are the same as used 12000 years ago by the first reindeer hunters in Sweden).
-Tanning methods of Native Indians in Canada (they use predominantly an brain-and smoke tanning method that probably is the oldest method known).
-Tanning methods of the Sami’s in northern Scandinavia (bark tanning, was the most important method in Sweden until  chromium tanning was introduced in the end of the nineteenth century).

My lectures include slide shows and video films from my study trips in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Sweden and Japan.
Examples of tanned skins, tools and other products used in traditional tanning are also exhibited.
Groups with  maximum of 20 persons can be accommodated for demonstrations and lectures in the tannery.
I also travel internationally to give lectures.

Course in Fish Leather Tanning

May 16-20, 2022. If you are interested in crafts and feel that it would be fun to learn leather tanning using traditional methods,
here is an opportunity to receive expert guidance from me for a few days.

The courses give you the opportunity to try out different methods such as oil and bark tanning.

The course has room for 8 participants and takes place in Lottas Garfveri,

Långgatan 9, 19330 Sigtuna.

The course programme is attached as a pdf. further down the page.

Fish Leather tanning using traditional methods, natural materials and simple tools. You will have the opportunity to try different tanning methods such as oil tanning and bark tanning. We will also plant dye some of the skins and sew an object such as a bracelet, or a small bag. 20% discount on course fees for students.

The course will take place in Lotta Tannery, Sigtuna and the teacher is Lotta Rahme.

Lottas Garfveri, Långgatan 9, Sigtuna


Lottas Garfveri AB, Långgatan 9
19330 Sigtuna