One of my favourite parts of the Oslo Folk Museum of course was the exhibition of traditional folk costume, the bunad, and some wonderful examples of the embroidery including Hardanger, a traditional type of whitework from Norway.
There were examples of wool embroidery on costumes and accessories.
These baby’s caps were a combination of wool and redwork embroidery.
There was also blackwork, excuse the fuzziness of the picture below but I wanted to show you amount of stitching on this beautiful head dress.
We also saw a bridal outfit like this one below and lots of the beautiful jewellery that is worn with the costume.
There are more beautiful images of Norwegian bridal crowns here , it really struck me how much the head dresses and the silver jewellery resembled the Miao Chinese folk costume that I saw when I went to the Ethnicities Museum in Beijing.
We saw quite a few people wearing their traditional costume on Christmas Eve in Oslo, particularly in the cathedral where we went for the afternoon service.
This website has got lots of photos of people wearing their bunads at an event held at the Folk Museum in 2012.
They were also on sale in one of the department stores, with packs of ready prepared shirt material and embroidery patterns.
I was also very pleased as many years ago when we visited Sweden I bought some beautiful metal clasps that I have used for medieval costume. I only have this one left.
But I discovered that they are used in the bodice of the bunad so was able to buy some more sets, I now have two each of these beauties.
I have been doing a bit of research and thanks to Pinterest have found so much inspiration for Scandinavian embroidery. There are some gorgeous designs here
And if you want more information and pictures about the wool embroidery this is an excellent source looking at costumes from Northern Norway.
Well I will leave you know and get on with some actual embroidery rather than just adding to my to do pile! Will be back soon with the last of my Norwegian loveliness posts.
Have a lovely rest of the weekend and thanks for visiting.