• mahabis stories // discovering gotland

 

At mahabis, our design aesthetic is largely based on scandinavian minimalism. From Larvik to Skane, each of our brand colours is named after a specific Scandinavian town or city. We decided to celebrate the influences behind the names of our colours and styles, beginning with our Gotland Green.

Gotland Green is named after the largest island in Sweden. It translates literally to 'a different land, and certainly lives up to that name. It's now a UNESCO world heritage site, and archaeological digs have found evidence to indicate it's age at over 5000 years old. Ensconced by the Baltic Sea, lying about 90km East of the mainland you'll find a tranquil location. With a small population mostly concentrated in the capital Visby. The elders unpon the island still very much see themselves as Gotlanders rather than swedes; a throwback to its independence in early history.

 



The capital itself is a goldmine of stunning medieval architecture, including churches like St Karins Kyrka, noted for its gothic interior and octagonal wonder Helge and Kyrka. More lively activities include the Island Games, which rotate between islands (Faroe Islands, Aland Islands, Isle of Wight, Gibraltar, Jersey, Gotland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Shetland, Rhodes, Aland Islands, Isle of Wight, Bermuda and Jersey) each year. 2017 is Gotland's year once more. Another fun tradition is 'Medeltidsveckan' - or medieval week. It takes place in August each year. Festivites include large feasts, medieval dress, jousting and markets. Delicacies of the island are lamb-centric, with the most difficult to find dish consisting of a sheeps head, understandably not sold in many restaurants. For dessert you can expect a more appetising treat - saffron pancakes served with dewberries is the local preference.


The rugged and ever changing landscape of the island will likely require a car to get around easily, and allow you to adequately take in the beauty and haunting serenity in full. As you explore, you'll find reminders of the Viking history entrenched at every turn. The unique picture stones (supposedly found only on the island) tell intriguing stories of viking lore. To the south of the island you'll find the Museum Lars Johnsson, which holds paintings and watercolours, plus a cinnamon scented cafe. 


For those adventurers amongst us, the blue lagoons and caves are an example of how Gotland has conserved it's natural beauty. Many urban legends exist around the discovery of the now well-trodden routes through the Grottos. Hike, paddle or bike your way around Visby, the beaches and it's surrounds for an outdoorsy adventure.

 

 

images // wikimedia commons: gotland

 

...check out mahabis larvik light grey slippers with a gotland green sole here.

gotland green 

mahabis stories // discovering gotland

 

At mahabis, our design aesthetic is largely based on scandinavian minimalism. From Larvik to Skane, each of our brand colours is named after a specific Scandinavian town or city. We decided to celebrate the influences behind the names of our colours and styles, beginning with our Gotland Green.

Gotland Green is named after the largest island in Sweden. It translates literally to 'a different land, and certainly lives up to that name. It's now a UNESCO world heritage site, and archaeological digs have found evidence to indicate it's age at over 5000 years old. Ensconced by the Baltic Sea, lying about 90km East of the mainland you'll find a tranquil location. With a small population mostly concentrated in the capital Visby. The elders unpon the island still very much see themselves as Gotlanders rather than swedes; a throwback to its independence in early history.

 



The capital itself is a goldmine of stunning medieval architecture, including churches like St Karins Kyrka, noted for its gothic interior and octagonal wonder Helge and Kyrka. More lively activities include the Island Games, which rotate between islands (Faroe Islands, Aland Islands, Isle of Wight, Gibraltar, Jersey, Gotland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Shetland, Rhodes, Aland Islands, Isle of Wight, Bermuda and Jersey) each year. 2017 is Gotland's year once more. Another fun tradition is 'Medeltidsveckan' - or medieval week. It takes place in August each year. Festivites include large feasts, medieval dress, jousting and markets. Delicacies of the island are lamb-centric, with the most difficult to find dish consisting of a sheeps head, understandably not sold in many restaurants. For dessert you can expect a more appetising treat - saffron pancakes served with dewberries is the local preference.


The rugged and ever changing landscape of the island will likely require a car to get around easily, and allow you to adequately take in the beauty and haunting serenity in full. As you explore, you'll find reminders of the Viking history entrenched at every turn. The unique picture stones (supposedly found only on the island) tell intriguing stories of viking lore. To the south of the island you'll find the Museum Lars Johnsson, which holds paintings and watercolours, plus a cinnamon scented cafe. 


For those adventurers amongst us, the blue lagoons and caves are an example of how Gotland has conserved it's natural beauty. Many urban legends exist around the discovery of the now well-trodden routes through the Grottos. Hike, paddle or bike your way around Visby, the beaches and it's surrounds for an outdoorsy adventure.

 

 

images // wikimedia commons: gotland

 

...check out mahabis larvik light grey slippers with a gotland green sole here.

gotland green 

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