Text and photo Laila Duran ©
Last week I was in Rättvik by Lake Siljan in Dalecarlia to take photos for the next book in the series Scandinavian Folklore. Nearly thirty people was invited to the photo shoot and since most of the settings was going to be outdoors we hoped for good weather. We were lucky. In spite of rain, wind and sometimes bright sunshine we managed, thanks to the hospitality of Rättvik Hembygdsgård and Rättvik Church, to stage a spectacular wedding. Britt Eklund, whom I worked with during the production of vol 1 and 2, was in charge of the folk costumes and accessoires for the bride, bridegroom and the eight witnesses. We started the photo shoot with the men as they where quick to change in to their costumes.
In this entry I am going to show you the costumes of the bride groom from Rättvik and the friends he choose to be his witnesses.
Here they are on their way to the homestead where the bride is getting dressed. All of them wears formal festival costumes with the addition of a belt and red wristlets. The bride groom also wears a lace collar and white stockings.
They are all so hansom in their dark blue broadcloth coats with red edging. Their hats have colorful ribbons and the traditional red pompoms. The ladies are keeping them waiting…
The bride groom has three different ribbons decorating the hat and a silk ribbon folded at the front over the knot that keeps the lace collar in place.
Silk tussles are decorating the back side of the hat. The black ribbons between the hat´s scull and brim are tied to make sure the shape of the hat is always right. Even when the hat gets wet with rain.
Finally the bride and her brides maids arrive. In the next entry I will show you her dress and the spectacular decoration that was used on this “black bride” from Rättvik.
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