Those beautiful collars the ladies are wearing are beaded. Each family has its own special patterns. The boots are sealskin as are the church kneelers seen behind the group. The embroidery is very intricate; Scandinavian patterns, I think. I would guess that these ladies do this work during the dark, very cold, long winters. The language barrier was too great to ask if the embroidery, beading, etc. is done within a group, like a quilting bee.