Bunader by county; Nordland:Troms: Finnmark


map with color counties

Nordlands cities



1. Nordsland

2. Ofoten

3. Lofoten


Troms map

Troms cities




2. Kvænangen

3. Kåfjord

4. Skjervøy

5. Karlsøy


Finnmark map

Finnmark citieshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnmark


1. Finnmark

Hopefully you have found the city or municipality that you are from in Norway and then located the bunad from that area. If you would like more information on a particular bunad please contact me. Or you can look it up in one of the books mentioned in previous blogs.


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  1. Hello: just found your site after learning about a book on the NYT best seller list about a little Norwegian girl wants to be one of Santa’s elves. In the book (fiction, obviously) she is pictured wearing what the authors describe as a stakk, a dress with “a clever design, with gussets that enable the dress to grow with” a child. The child pictured in the book was 4 1/2 yrs when the photos for the book were taken. Now she is 9. She still wears the same dress shown in the book (but it is much shorter! of course) due to the design with “gussets”.
    I would like to make similar dresses for my granddaughters, that they could wear for years. Where would I find a pattern? thank you!!

    • There is a pattern that I have referenced before called Nordic Style Olde Country Costumes by Doering Designs. It is available for children all they way up to adults. The dress has tucks/pleats in the skirt which attaches to a bodice, this allows the skirt portion to be removed and some of the tucks/pleats to be let out. It usually has deep seams in the bodice, therefore you can adjust the entire outfit to “grow” with the child. It is fashioned after the concept of the national costumes in Norway that are made out of quite expensive fabrics and the children’s sizes “grow” along with the child. Often an adult would receive their costume at the time of the confirmation and would hope to fit them through out their entire life…so that is why it is constructed in that fashion. The blouse used for the bunad (the national costume) is what has the gussets used in the construction of the blouse. It is a loose fitting blouse and the gusset is used in the under arm. The pattern that I referenced does not use the gusset construction as it a tricky construction and one that many every day sewers choose not to deal with. The Doering Design blouse pattern gives you the same feature as the original bunad blouse but without the difficult methods of sewing….I think that the way the dress (stakk) part is made will allow for the “growth” feature that you are looking for. There are not printed patterns available for the bunad (national costumes from Norway) as they are shipped pre-printed onto the fabric now for the dress portion. The blouse design is basically 1 large rectangle for the blouse: 2 for the sleeves: 2 squares for the gussets: 1 rectangle for the collar:2 smaller ones for the cuffs: and the it has an insert at the shoulder that takes 2 other sized rectangles…..sounds confusing or simple but I believe I have posted photos of it, if not I can.

    • Thanks so much for your interest…all the areas your family came from are within Troms “county” (fylke) and therefore would probably wear the Troms bunad. There are no traditional patterns but you can purchase a pre-cut kit that will allow you to make your own bunad from this region. You can order the kits which run about $ 1,800 or so from http://www.bunadbutikken.com in this country and they also have classes that will show you how to make it as all bunader are very specific how it should be made. There are shops in Norway that sell them as well as finished made costumes but the shipping is quite expensive and they do not normally ship finished product as they require you to come and be measured. A couple of shops in that region are http://bunadsstua-harstad.no/ and http://www.norskflid.no/tromso/. As you may have read many times on my blog attempting to make something on your own would not be considered a bunad. They are quite specific as to the exact fabric that needs to be used for each bunad and that is what you would be getting in the kit. Some people now a days choose to either purchase a used one which you may find on http://www.finn.no (from Norway which is much like a cross between ebay and craiglist) or make a festdrakt/folkdrakt where it is not quite as specific of how it needs to be done… they are not usually region specific and can be made with fabrics that are not quite as much money. If you have interest in those let me know…Hope this helps you out!

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