Today is Norway’s National Day and with that let me first congratulate all my Norwegian readers with their national day! HIPP HIPP HURRA!!!
Traditionally one walks in these parades which baiscally consist of just people in their fantastic Norwegian national costumes or Bunads, as they are called, waving their flags and cheering for their country. Very simple yet spectacular when there are so many different types of bunads and all the red, white, and blue flags waving.
According to the Norwegian Husflids lag (Handcrafts team) there are over 70% of Norwegian women with bunads in the country. A combined total worth in bunads over 30 billion Norwegian crowns!! There are over 200 different types of bunads (one place I read said there were over 400) and generally the bunad you choose is from the area your family originates from. If you are new to Norway with no Norwegian connection you often choose the bunad for the area you move too. The bunad is often the dress of choice on the national day, weddings, baptisms, and any other very special celebration.
Below are some examples of various types of Bunads (don’t worry I won’t show you every type out there!!)
Telemark Bunad from the community of Telemark
Aust-Agder Bunad from Aust-Agder community
L-R, Trønderbunad, Øst Telemark bunad, Nordmøre Bunad, and Graffer bunad from Oppland
Someday I hope to get a bunad from where my great grandfather’s family came from, Toten.
These three types are from the area where my great grandfather came from, from the left you see the Vest Oppland Bunad, in the middle is the Totendrakt, and on the right is the Landingsdrakt. Which one do you like the most?
As you notice in this photo the bunad is not exclusive to women, and I think it’s fabulous to see a man in a bunad. The men’s bunad from Nordmøre where Stig is from is amazing…
Don’t you think the Captain would look hot in the bunad on the left?? Oh yeah….well, it is good to have dreams! The bunad is an expensive outfit costing often over 20,000 Norwegian crowns but it is an heirloom and you never have to think what you’ll wear to celebrations…so it’s probably worth it, right?
Before I go, I want to share with you what I got yesterday :-)
Sheep skins!!! Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m going to find a place for all of them, the two with most black I’m thinking would be nice on my sofas downstairs which is black leather. I’ll keep a couple upstairs as well and then I was thinking I’d have two for when we are hiking or something and need something nice and warm to sit down on? I’ve seen that done, in the winter, they lay out sheep skins to sit on around a cozy fire…looks so nice!! I’m so pleased with these!!
Until next time my friends…..