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For most people, Gotland is best known as the setting for many of the late director Ingmar Bergman’s films. But the island is also home to a thriving craft industry, a tradition firmly rooted in the local materials: wool, limestone and wood. While most craft communities in Europe have died out as manufacturers have opted to outsource for cheaper materials and labour, Gotland’s craft community isn’t just ­surviving, it’s booming.

One reason is the quality of the raw materials. When Barbro Lomakka arrived in Gotland 17 years ago, like many of the…

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