Photography: Daiva Blynas


Commemorating their 25th anniversary, the Neringa Women’s Scout Group organized a folk art circle whose handmade work would introduce the Canadian community to Lithuanian folk art. The group expanded to include non-members of the Scouts, and their traditional handcrafts were first displayed in an exhibition at the Gates of Dawn parish hall in Montreal, in the spring of 1975.

The group, known as „Vaivorykštė“ (Rainbow), organized exhibitions of Lithuanian motif- woven fabric, gobelin weavings, hooked rugs, sashes, dried flower encrusted wands called “verbos”, decorated or carved Easter eggs, hope chests, straw ornaments, Lithuanian dolls and other works. These were exhibited throughout Lithuanian communities in Canada and the U.S. as well as the National Archives of Canada and multicultural festivals in Ottawa, Washington, New York, Boston, Vancouver, Toronto, St. Catharines and elsewhere.

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