After people have commented on how amazingly stunning the tipis are, inevitably one of their subsequent questions is “where does the name come from”?
Well it is named after the Sami people who lived in these fantastic structures. The Sami people are Scandinavian reindeer herders. They live a semi-nomadic life in an environment known for its extremes of climate – bitterly cold and snowy in the winter months, with warm, pleasant summers and a brief flourish of foliage, berries and wildlife.
Within this harsh environment, the Sami found comfort living close to nature. Their home, the tipi, also described as kåta tents was a simple cone-shaped frame of wooden poles covered with hides, with a top opening to let out smoke. The fire was a central focal point for this temporary home and was able to provide heat and light and a social atmosphere too, despite the harsh conditions.
Because the kata weighed little in relation to its size, it was the perfect solution for a nomadic lifestyle. The wooden frame was easy to make so it was left behind when the nomadic people moved on. In practice, they often returned to their earlier camps year after year, so the kata was set up quickly using the frame previously left there.
These beautiful tipis pioneered by the Sami people use the latest materials and construction techniques, making them perfect for an outdoor event whatever the weather.