© Text and photo Laila Duran.
Last week I visited a privat collector of folk costumes in Malung, Dalecarlia. They had three different bridal headdresses and two of them were old ones from the beginning of the 20th Century.
At a time when folk costumes was used in rural areas all over Scandinavia and before the bridal crown came in use, a headdress named “Lad” crowned the bride on her wedding day. The “lad” is still used in traditional wedding both in Sweden and Norway and is found in a varity of different shapes with colourful decorations.
The back of the Lad is lined with printed cotton, kattun, and the silk ribbons are fastened at the neck.
The young model is taking a rest before changing in to the next costume. The bodice is made of printed cotton fabric. A black wool damask skirt and the red festive apron are parts of the Malung folk costume.
The back of the bodice-skirt. Her hair is tied up with red ribbons and covered with a white hat, trimmed with lace. To fasten the hat a silk ribbon is tied around the hairdo.
A modern Lad worn with a wool neckershief and strings of glass beads.
The Lad is trimmed with every colorful glass bead, pearl, lace, ribbon and silver (or metal sheet leaves) that were available. More about the traditions of bridal costumes and headdresses will be shown in the book KRONBRUDEN, “The Crowned Bride” and in “Scandinavian Folklore Vol III”.
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