© Text and photo Laila Duran.
At Mockfjärd´s society of local history in Dalecarlia, Sweden, an exhibition of folk costumes has been made in one of the old houses. Here visiters can see, and event touch, old garments and learn about the way the folk costumes of the area use to be made. The variation of materials, techniques and color combination are an inspiration to anyone interested in textile history. Above, a hanging pocket made of leather and broadcloth. The hook used to hang the pocket from the apron waistband is home made. The owner, with the initials KED, seem to have used the pocket for a good many years. Attached to the ribbons on the left are brass needle cases.
Mockfjärd´s society of local history in Lindbyn consist of 24 buildings, some of which are nearly 400 years old, are located on a hill overlooking the Västerdalaälven. Read more at http://www.hembygd.se/mockfjard/
The dräktkammare, costume chamber, exhibits mannequins dressed in full costumes and lots and lots of garments hanging from wooden poles, as was customary in past times.
The way of hanging the garments on a pole was not only practical, it also exhibited the riches of the family to any visitor.
Casted rod lacing rings are fastened to the bodies using red and bright green silk yarn.
Mockfjärd is one of the areas in Dalecarlia that has an costume almanack and here are some leather, fur and knitted mittens used for various occasions. The sign to the left says Festive mittens for summer and the sign to the right Festive mittens for winter. Dalecarlia is famous for wool embroidery and Mockfjärd has its own version.
Brass shoe buckles from the 18th and 19th century.
Printed cotton neckerchief is an important part of the folk costumes. A visit to this clothing chamber is a very instructive experience. Here, unlike in many museum, you can see and even touch some of the garments and accessories, they are not behind glass.
Another opportunity to get really close to the spectacular folk costumes are by visiting the Komidsommar, cows midsummer, in Dala Floda. The town is only a few kilometer from Mockfjärd and every summer the midsummer is celebrated with music, dance and, if you are lucky, even a wedding.
All text and photos are protected by Copyright.