© 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.
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