Route 210, Boat Harbour, Burin Peninsula, NL
709-443-2619 or 709-443-2580
The Livyers’ Lot Economuseum was established to provide a venue so local craftspeople would have a place to make and sell their crafts. The name comes from a set of Newfoundland words which classified fishermen as either “livyers”—those who lived in the places where they fished, and “stationers”–those who migrated with the fishery. So the Livyers’ Lot shows the lot in life of the fishermen who lived here. Its primary purpose is to preserve the skills and traditions by which they made a living here. Among these are the craft skills by which people used and reused what little they had available to produce warmth and beauty for themselves and their homes.
The region has a long history of mat making as most young people would have learned from their mother or grandmother to poke a mat at a very early age. As they grew older, they would be introduced to rug hooking and then other crafts such as knitting and quilting. For over thirty years, a cooperative known as the Placentia West Matmakers showcased both their talent and the beauty of their surroundings by using their rug hooking skills to create scenic wall mats from old clothing. These Placentia West mats were well known and were sold both in Newfoundland and Labrador and in places as far away as Britain and Germany. It is in this tradition of skilled craftsmanship that the Livyers’ Lot has its roots.
The key products at the Economuseum are textile crafts produced using traditional methods such as hand knitting, crocheting, rug hooking and quilting. Wherever possible, traditional materials are used including recycled fabrics and fibres.
Space is made available so that craftspeople can meet to quilt, knit, crochet or make a mat. There are workshops and daily craft demonstrations. There is also an onsite restaurant—the Tea Rose—which serves traditional food, and the Paddle House museum which showcases a traditional fishing family’s home in the early part of the 20th century. Drop by and see the quality and variety of product available and learn about the crafting tradition of the Livyers of Placentia West.