As islanders they are proud, sometimes a bit stubborn and highly attuned to nature, traditions and the seasons.
Muhu was once known for its wandering craftsmen who would work on the mainland in the construction industry. These craftsmen gave Estonia it’s only true architectural style.
Nowadays the best known Muhu tradition is weaving. Beautiful woven and embroidered traditional costumes are still worn on special occasions. Also popular are the unique Muhu blankets woven from wool and then embroidered with flowers. These blankets can be ordered but count on waiting up to a year. The other refined expressions of folk-art are the various souvenirs made from aromatic juniper wood.
Villages on Muhu are still headed by traditional village aldermen who take up the role of voluntary counsel.
Many of the villages are charming in their simplicity. Muhu farmsteads each have their own name; some names even go back to times before family names existed. The people of Muhu still have a habit of calling someone by their name and location, for example: Vello of Nuudi, where Nuudi is the name of a farmstead and Vello is the man’s name.
Painting people’s doors is another old Muhu tradition in revival. Doors can be very colourful and often combine symmetry with symbols. Natural powers are attributed to these symbols, for example, to stop bad spirits from entering the house.
Muhu is also famous for having the only working windmills in the whole of Estonia.
Each midsummer the music festival “Juu Jääb” takes place in Muhu, which attracts a lot of great jazz musicians from Estonia and abroad