Text and photo Laila Duran ©
I Norway there are several folk costumes that are reconstructed from old garments. These revitalized costumes are referred to as bunad in Norwegian or bygdedräkt, regional costume, in Swedish. In the regions where there was no strong tradition of folk costume new costumes were created, either modeled from single preserved garments or as free interpretations. The Hedemark bunad is one of these. It represents the costume tradition from the late 18th and early 19th centuries costume and is heavily influenced by the Rococo style with cuts and material that were very modern for the time.
The bonnet in brocaded silk, botthuve, is fastened with silk ribbons under the chin and has a silk bow in the neck. The white cotton under-lace is known as skru.
The wool damask skirt has a flower pattern and while the apron in the picture is made of black silk, a light printed cotton apron could also be used.
The bodice is shaped like a corset and it is different to most other bunad bodices. It is made in floral wool damask with leather bound basques and is laced in the front.
A jacket in 18th century style is worn over the bodice.
In the new book Scandinavian Folklore vol. II more than 700 photos shows bunads and folk costumes from Norway, Sweden and Sápmi. Please visit the website www.scandinavianfolklore.com for more information.
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