Category: Folklore Fashion

A peek at one of the bunads in the new book “Populære Bunader”

 © Text and photo Laila Durán.

More than thirty different bunads from eighteen areas in Norway are shown in the booklet Populære Bunader. There is a map for every bunad and a short historical summary including the year the bunad was designed and put in to production. Here are some of the pages.

This beautiful embroidered bunad was designed by the painter and artist Alf Lundeby. He was born in 1870 and is famous for his naturalistic paintings. His work is exhibited at Nasjonalmuseet/Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo.

The bunad is originally from Lillehammer and is called the Lundeby bunad, named after the painter Alf Lundeby who designed it and later presented it to a lady friend at the beginning of the 1930s. The bunad was not supposed to come into production, but it soon became popular throughout Oppland and Sør-Odal.
-  The artist was inspired by the stylized embroidery on folk costumes from the 1700s and transferred the patterns to the bunad. It has a tight bodice and pleated skirt, which was common in folk costumes in the south of Norway in the 1800s. The same embroidered design is used over the whole dress, but the colours can vary leaving room for personal taste. With the bunad, which is made in blue, black or off-white cloth, there is a matching small cap and an embroidered pocket. It is used with a white shirt trimmed with lace and a jacket with no embroidery.

American readers can pre-order the book from Vesterheim Museum book shop: Norwegian and Swedish reader can order it from: