Text and photo Laila Duran ©
A new book is now in production. The love and the wide interest in the norwegian embroidered bunads has inspired me to start working on a new extensive volume on the subject. In cooperation with Anne-Kristin Moe, at Norsk Folkemuseum, who did her MA on the origin of the Bunads of Sunnmøre in 2006. Her research will be the theme of the book. The paper is called:” Fra tidhøvlege til stilreine bunader”, analysing the development of the national festive wear, from folk costumes to what we today call “the bunad”. This spectacular coffe-table-book will cover the development over the past century, with hundreds of detailed photos. With the courtesy of Norsk Folkemuseums archives we will also be able to publish photos taken at the time the bunads where first introduced. The text will be in norwegian and english and we hope to release it in 2014. Traveling in Norway, in all the points of compass, we will blog from the sites where we do the photo shoots and let you meet people that are helping us making this book.
One of the first norwegian embroidered bunads was from Hallingdal and designed by Hulda Garborg in 1898. The bunad was made on the basis of the folk costume in the area.
The high waist line was fashionable at the time and the anilin dyed wool yarn with the bright colors became very popular over time.
One of the reasons that some bunads do not have a jacket, as the folk costumes usually do, is that the new bunads are formal and festive wear and are used only for that purpose. A jacket would also cover the fine white embroidery on the shifts.
The young lady is wearing “gammel Valdresbunad”, an early bunad from Valdres. Over time, several bunads have been designed and re-designed, and in some areas there are many different styles to choose from.
This bunad was designed in 1914, using the embroidery from a small 18th century ladies velvet cap as model. In the book we will show many of the actual originals that were used to design the embroidery on several of the most loved bunads. Some of the new embroidery was inspired from old original embroidery (18 and 19th century), but there are also examples of floral embroidery based on the design on carved spoons or rosemaling.
Here is a new Valdresbunad. The embroidery is designed from a different source of inspiration than the old one.
The cap and neck line has fine embroidery that matches in colors.
The lady is wearing a bunad from Gudbrandsdalen and the man is wearing an embroidered Spelemannsbunad from Hallingdal and Valdres.
For our American readers we are happy to inform you that the Scandinavian Folklore books vol. 1 & 2 now are on sale at the book shop at Vesterheim Museum for 65 USD. Here is the link:
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