Poster issued by Eesti Raamat
'Everybody has a right to his own culture'
Villu Järmut and Enn Kärmas
Colour offset lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.99-1991
Given by Kevin Propbert
This poster depicting a woman in traditional Estonian folk dress (from the Setu region) is an assertion of national culture. The photograph is cropped to focus on her silver jewellery which held an important place within national heritage and collective memory. This particular style of jewellery is associated with the period of Estonian independence 1918-40 and included large chains of the tsarist silver coins that had been taken out of circulation when Estonia gained independence from Russia. Much of this jewellery was sold, confiscated or hidden during the early Soviet era. The hands are those of an elderly woman - a witness of pre-communist life.