Vilnius Market Mittens
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Although sweaters are made in Lithuania today, they were not part of the traditional clothing worn by women or men. Gloves and mittens, however, have been very important in traditional Lithuanian culture for centuries. In the cold climate of Lithuania, mittens do a much better job at keeping hands and fingers warm, but gloves were used to celebrate the major passages in life. Made with striped ribbing and multiple color patterns on the cuffs, hands, and fingers, the festive designs were given as gifts and blessings to family members and loved ones.