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Dalia Grigonienė

Dalia Grigonienė Shoemaker
Contact
Lithuanian, English, Russian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+370 68225898
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A passion for medieval footwear

  • • Dalia's lifelong interest began with one stitch
  • • There is a lot of research behind each of her pairs of shoes
  • • She has been making historical footwear for almost two decades

Dalia Grigonienė has been reconstructing historical footwear for two decades. An industrial designer by education, 20 years ago she moved from Vilnius to Kernavė, the old capital of Lithuania, a town of craftsmen and merchants. There, together with her colleagues, she began organising an international festival of experimental archaeology and reconstructing old crafts. It all started with spinning, but footwear quickly captivated her. Reconstruction of medieval footwear is a particularly challenging and meticulous task that requires a lot of time, research and craft knowledge. Dalia learnt all the steps of herself after a friend showed her how to make one single stitch. Now, in her cosy workshop, Dalia restores footwear found during archaeological excavations, reviving history and giving others a chance to come in touch with it. Her footwear is worn by private customers and members of music bands who admire antiquity, and museums order her pieces for educational programmes.

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Works

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Ankle boots

These purple hued boots are handcrafted from leather and finished with brass buckles and a pull strap fastening system. The design of the boot is based on the reconstruction of ankle boots used in 14th century Netherlands.

Photo: © Giedrius Grigonis
Ankle boots

These grey hued boots are handcrafted from leather and finished with brass buckles and a pull strap fastening system. The design of the boot is based on the reconstruction of ankle boots used in 14th century Netherlands.

Photo: © Giedrius Grigonis
Shoes

The design of this pair of leather shoes is based on the reconstruction of 13th to 14th century tracery wrinkled primitive shoes found in Kernavė, Lithuania.

Photo: © Giedrius Grigonis
Shoes

The design of this pair of leather shoes is based on the reconstruction of 16th century low-cut shoe, traditionally from Vilnius, Lithuania.

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