Sometimes there are magic.

© Text and photo by Laila Durán.

On my last journey to Norway, I went to the very south. Meeting with a long time friend who is running some of the larges bunad stores on Sørlandet.  She had gone through a lot of trouble trying to respond to my latest request for a photo shoot for the book Kronbruden (the Crown Bride). I wanted a “reisle”, the headdress used by the brides in the 17- and 1800s. The folk costumes with feathered headdresses are spectacular but I had only seen a bridal outfit like that in a museum exhibition.

- At the museum she was told that on a farm a few hours drive from there lived the owner of such a headdresses and it was kept by the family. When she called to ask about it she was invited to the homestead. – What she was shown was a treasure from the past. A complete bridal dress, in mint condition, one hundred and seventy years old …… AND the bride groom´s costume as well! These bridal costumes had been so well tended that in the bride´s pocket we found the bride´s braided hair, which according to tradition was cut off on her first day of marriage.

- Needless to say we had goosebumps all over and I am so very very thrilled and proud to say that we were allowed to carefully dress a bride, and once more her splendor will be shown, in a fairy tale setting, in my next book KRONBRUDEN.

This is one of the other brides from the book – a bride from Vest-Agder with her handsome groom on the sunny beach in Mandal.


The new book about Broderte Bunader has a web-site!

We have made a web-site for the new book Broderte Bunader and here you can see pages in the book. Since this is an all norwegian book, this site is in norwegian only. Go to and on top of the page you will find EKSEMPEL PÅ SIDER. If you want to read about the book in english please visit

I hope those of you who won the little book POPULÆRE  BUNADER enjoyed it. It can be ordered from Vesterheim Museum bookstore now.


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Congratulation to the winners!

© Text and photo by Laila Durán.

While waiting for the first pring flowers to show them selves, we have made a draw for 5 books to Scandinavia and 5 books to the US. It was a big suprise that so many wanted to enter the drawing. I hope those of you winning the book “POPULÆRE BUNADER” will enjoy it.

Here are some spring greetings to you all!

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