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A draw for the new book!

We just received the first, of two released titles, from the book binder and if you send your postal address in a mail to:  we will make a draw for five books. Maybe you will be one of the first to see the book “POPULÆRE BUNADER”.

Text in norwegian and english.

If you want to buy the book it is now available to order from any norwegian and swedish book shop. Or, if you live in the US it can be ordered from Vesterheim Museum Book Store.

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Beautiful interiors and ladies made up in the style of the past.

 © Text and photo Laila Duran

When I first started to think about how to present the Norwegian embroidered bunads in the best way, my first thought was to make sure they were shot in the right settings. The bunads were often inspired by the embroidery on rural cloting but they were made, and at first mainly used, in the cities. This is why you will find some spectacular interiors in the new book “Broderte Bunader”. Work from famous artists and carpenters, such as Kinsarvik, are found in several museums and even some private homes. I have been very lucky to get access to these rooms, and sometimes even large apartments.

My second though was to give the models a look that would bring to mind the way the ladies were photographed at the beginning of the 20st century. Photography was new then. Many went with friends on week-end trips in their finest costume and everybody wanted to have their photo taken. The ladies with their hair all done up, and most of them in a shy pose, in front of the camera – I love that. For this reason you will find my models resembling in style the ladies from past times.


New web-site:

 © Text and photo Laila Duran.

The new web-site is now available. I will in time for the releases publish pages from the books and write some more on the topic of embroidered bunads. The release of Broderte Bunader is on May 2nd at Sunnmøre Museum, Ålesund.

For the first time the embroidered bunads of the 1900s is put into their historical context. The book explains why and how the first embroidered bunads were designed at the turn of the century, the emergence of a new look, and the new role of the bunads in the interwar period.
-  As one of few in Norway doing research on bunads, cultural historian Anne Kristin Moe has studied the history of the embroidered bunads from the time of the embroidered folk costumes, until later in the 1900s, when the bunads where inspired by designs of wood carvings and rose painting. Never before have so many of the most famous Norwegian bunads been shown along with the originals that inspired their designs.
-  The book shows hundreds of Laila Duráns wonderful photographs of both old and newly made bunads. Now you can see the bunads in a way never presented before – in the historic interiors where they once were used, and in the magnificent Norwegian scenery where they often were presented nearly one hundred years ago. The new images are now shown along with historic photographs never previously shown to the public.

© Duran Publishing in cooperation with NORSK FOLKEMUSEUM.