Having done a great deal of research on bunad I have spent many hours looking at places within Norway and where they are located. Thought you may find it interesting and wanted to share some of this “knowledge”…..don’t know if that is the word but here goes!
Before you can decide what bunad you are going to choose you need to know a little bit about Norwegian geography or at least where your family is from. I have suggested books to do the research and most will tell you about the costumes, one will give you a map to show you where the costumes come from based on the map and that one is “A Sampler of Norway’s Folk Costume” by Thorbjørg Hjelmen Ugland. In the front of that book they show a map of major cities with the corresponding bunad. Here is a brief list based on the counties (or fylke), please understand there are over 250 different bunader so this is just some of the ones…to see a complete list you must purchase or borrow bunadlexicon (there is now a paperback version of it but it still quite costly) and only available in Norwegian.
For this blog I will start in the southern most part Norway and then in other blogs do the other sections…..
Aust Agder (Arendal, Åmli, Setesdal, Grimstad)
1. Aust (East) Agder
Vest (West) Agder (Kristiansand,Flekkefjord)
1. Vest (West) Agder
(Drammen,Kongsberg, Tranby,Hallingdal, Numedal, Sigdal/Eddedal,Hønefoss)
1. Nedre (lower) Buskerud
7.Øvre Numedal (Upper)
Vestfold (Sandefjord, Larvik,Tønsberg, Horten)
Have fun figuring out where your family is from or want to have your bunad from……..pictures of these are either posted are will be posted in the near future….