Tag Archives: Bunad

As it is getting closer to Syttende Mai it is time to look bunad that you may not have seen before…


Svalbard Islands….a special place and unique bunad!


This costume has wonderful designs that depict the fauna you would find on the Svalbard Islands… which are located in the Artic Ocean half way from the coast of Norway and the North Pole.



Lillehammer located in the Oppland Fylke (a part of the Gudbrandsdalen region) therefore many times you will see people from this area of Norway wearing the Gudbrandsdalen bunad ! Shown here is one specifically from Lillehammer,  it is available from Husflid http://www.norskflid.no/bunad/bunader/oppland/lillehammer-bunaden/



Hønefoss is located in the Romerike region in the Fylke of Buskerud…

buskerud map with some cities

Møre og Romsdal….Nordmøre region bunad

Møre og Romsdal….Nordmøre region bunad

Nordmore info

map with color counties

Møre and Romsdal in mid center Norway on the western coast

More and Romsdal

Check out the list of the major areas within Møre og Romsdal……


Nordmøre silver

Nordmore silver

Additional Nordmøre silver…

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Very interesting bunad you notice there is some variety to it….a difference in the color of the vest (either green or red usually made out of brocade) which can have a trim made out of silver: either woven silver braid or silver lace or some will have gold tone….the skirt has wonderful pleating done on the top of the woolen skirt in a technique that is hand done. You will notice on one version had a nice hand done red trim on the bottom (also shown in a photo)

There is  variety in apron: woven plaid that comes in a what could be called “Christmas type” colors bright green and red as well as a more subdued green (almost a grey green/teal) with a more muted red. As well as a white apron that can have a woven “bird design” or an open weave design.

The blouse is shown with a diamond design all done by hand.

It features a black “pixie” type hat thought to be worn only by un-married girls and then the white hat worn by married women.

The standard metal/silver belt is also mainly worn by married women but lately many non-married women also wear this beautiful belt with a distinctive design.

The silver/sølje is much like what is worn in other areas in Møre og Romsdal with this bunad wearing a very distinctive pin/earrings.

**** Some of the photos come from the website of http://www.bunadrosen.no as well as http://www.norskflid.no/bunad/….please under stand that these are some of the places to  purchase the bunad you see….as well as other places in Norway. As I have mentioned before you can also look at http://www.finn.no for used bunad but you will have to work out the details of how to pay in Norwegian Krone and have it shipped to the US….also the silver you have seen on this page come from various websites such as: www.sando.no and http://www.sylvsmidja.no/bunadsolv/

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.

Bunad by region or county…Hordaland:Sogn og Fjordane:Møre and Romsdal:Sør (South) Trøndelag:Nord (North) Trøndelag


We started posting bunader by county and we thought we would continue…

This area of Norway has a great assortment of bunad and ones that will be very familiar to many as the Hardanger bunad is one that started out as the Nationalbunad and you have probably seen in many places….also the Voss bunad looks a great deal like the Hardanger and a few of the others this region have the same type of black skirt and red bodice and white apron of sorts…but then there are other that are quite different! Also there is the other major city (Bergen) located in this region, so many have visited this part of Norway and may find it interesting how many other bunads there are from very close to Bergen.





1. Bergendrakt

  a. Bergen Festdrakt

2. Askøy

3. Austevoll

4. Fana

5. Fusa

6. Hardanger

7. Norhordaland

8. Os

9.  Sotra

10.  Sunnhordaland

11. Voss

12. Kvinnherad

13. Tysnes

14. Fitjar

15. Samnanger


Sogn og Fjordane

sogn og fjordane



1. Nordfjord

2. Sogn

3. Sunnfjord

4. Brekke

Møre and Romsdal

More and Romsdal



1. Romsdal

2. Ørskog in Sunnmøre

4. Hjørundfjord

5. Nordmøre

6. Sunnmøre

7. Aure og Hemne

Sør (South)Trøndelag

south trondelag



1. Trøndelag

2. Meldal

3. Haltdalen

4. Ålen

5. Tydal

6. Selbu

7. Oppdal

8. Orkdal

Nord (North) Trøndelag

North Trondelag map

North Trondelag cities



1. Nord-Trøndelag

2. Namdalen

There are just a few more areas that have not been covered and they will be done in another blog….hope you find it helpful to have the bunader available by region or county with the major cities or municipalities listed…

Please also know that there are other bunads that may not be mentioned here…let me know if you have one that may have been missed but this should cover some of the major ones and if you have any questions let me know!

Lundeby drakt….or costume….


Lundeby woman

Lundeby costume is one of the prettiest costumes and one that is often worn in Oppland or Hedmark


It was designed by pictorial artist Ulf Lundeby who lived in Lillehammer (in Oppland) and it is yet to be considered a bunad, and we will refer to it a as a costume or a drakt.

Ulf Lundeby designed the folk costume for a friend in honor of her 50th birthday in 1932. Although he lived in Lillehammer at the time  he was from Solør-Odal (in Hedmark) ,there are many that think it is Hedmark’s regional special folk costume. But it is also worn by many in the Oppland region as an embroidery shop in Lillehammer, Søstrene Julin, was given the rights to use Ulf Lundeby designs. It is  somewhat confusing, but a very popular costume, and the embroidery is quite beautiful and very flattering to many who wear it.

During World War II fabric was scarce, especially the darker color wools. Therefore the patterns of the Lundeby costume were traced onto white or natural wool. This is one of the ones you will still seen made in the white wool, often worn with white bunad shoes.

A plain blouse with a shirred neck is worn with this costume as no special blouse was ever designed. Raw silk blouses (trimmed in tatting) were worn with the white costumes, because it was thought to be more suitable than the bright white linen blouses, worn with the black or dark blue wool costumes.

You may see the purse being worn with either a clasp made out of brass or silver.

The hat has the same embroidery as the costume

Stockings are to be black with the black or blue costumes and white with the white costume.

There was no special silver designed for the Lundeby costume  (the pins are of traditional designs)

If you wish to purchase a jacket it should look like the one that is worn with the Gudbrandsdalen bunad.

(information from “A Sampler of Norway’s Folk Costumes by Thorbjøg Hjelmen Ugland)

Lundeby Lady

Lundeby white

Lundeby white (should be worn with white bunad shoes)

Lundeby silver package

Lundeby silver package from





This may be a great choice for someone who wants a beautiful costume that is available in black, dark blue or white , as  it has pretty accent colors in shades of pink, it also has a wonderful trellis design along the hem line….and if you have interest in the areas of Norway  of Oppland or Hedmark regions, this is the costume for you!

blue lundeby


Cleaning Sølje….



Before Cleaning





After Cleaning

I know many of you have beautiful sølje sitting in drawers and jewelry boxes that are all black and dark and you NEVER wear them and they should look like the one below:

Large all silver solje

They are beautiful pins and ones that many of us have received as gifts from grandmothers and family members but so often they get dirty and then put away and never to be seen again.

They are to be worn on your bunad or festdrakt but they can also be used every day if you wish on a blouse or dress and they should be taken care of as they are a work of art.

Here is what is suggested on the Sando website (www.sando.no) a great source for silver from Norway…this company is quite easy to work with and a have a great assortment of sølje for bunader from various regions. Their shipping is some what reasonable and I find them pretty competitive in pricing (for pricing directly from Norway)

….”Storing your silver:

Put the silver in a brooch-bag or a plastic bag, the goal is to make it airtight. Be careful not to use a rubber band. Sulfur from the rubber band will go through the plastic and make black marks that is very difficult to get rid of again. The silver that is sown on to your Bunad may be covered in clinging plastic.

How to take care of your silver:

This may be quite risky if you don’t know what you are doing. You have to consider the type of Bunad you have, and what kind of silver it is supposed to have. Silver that is sewn onto your Bunad should be picked off before you use anything other than a polish-cloth. This is so that you won’t ruin the fabric in your costume. If it is enough with a polish-cloth you just remove the lint with a lint-brush afterwards. To polish buttons you either get a polish-plate from your goldsmith, or you make one yourself by cutting a piece of cardboard and slide it underneath the buttons. That way you don’t have to worry about lint.

This is safe to do no matter what; Wash your silver in a fat dissolving dishwashing liquid (zalo) with a tiny bit of the detergent Salmiac in it. You could put it in a laundry detergent for hand wash of clothes. Usually these tips are enough to keep your silver as shiny as they are supposed to be. If you need more thorough cleaning one of these methods may fit;

Oxidized (dark) silver: Use a polis cloth. The tops will be shiny, and the patterns will stay dark, as it should be. Do not use any silver cleaning cream or similar, it may remove the dark areas that are supposed to be there.

Old gilded (Dark gold): May be treated like oxidized silver, but the need is rare.

Fair silver: The easy way is to dip it in silver-clean, rinse it under water and dry it off with a towel. Done in 30 seconds. The downside of this method is that the long-term-effect is poor, and that repeated use of this method will fade your silver to a grey-yellow shade. This may be fixed with a “silver cloth” or silver cream. If you use silver cream you should use a nail-brush, or an old toothbrush when you remove the cream again so every crack get cleaned out.

Gilded silver: May be treated like fair silver, but the need will be rarer.

If you have some questions that did not get answered here, or if there is a brooch you can’t find. Use the button “Contact us” and ask! We are happy to answer.”….



Now I learned a different method from my grandmother Hjordis Øiulfstad, she always cleaned her sølje in Ivory soap, just plain old bars of Ivory soap. Nothing fancy, just  the ones you buy at the grocery store etc. She would boil water (that is right, boil) in a heavy pot (such as a club aluminum pot) about 3 or 4 inches of water and then shave off Ivory soap (using a knife) into the boiling water. Then place the pins in the boiling water for about 7 minutes or so. If they are really really dirty you may have to change the water and soap and boil for a longer period of time. Remove the pins from the water and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Once completely rinsed, dry off and then go to the next step.

Step # 2.

I use Wrights Silver polish and a tooth brush. And gently brush each of the “spoons and dangles”  gently as they delicate…..take your time and look for any tarnish that may not have been removed by step # 1.



Wash off and polish with a soft cloth such as an old clean white t-shirt or flannel cloth

Step # 3

Then use a silver polishing cloth (as shown in the photo below)…. again gently polish each of the dangle and spoons this time I use the polishing cloths…..

polishing clothYou can purchase them in various places….or order them off the Internet.

I suggest NEVER using the silver dip as over time it will harm your pins….

It may seem like a long process but well worth it. The pins are so beautiful and most are hand made, something you would want to treasure for a long time and pass down to other family members…

In another blog we will talk about various designs of the pins and how they are made!

Valdres Bunad


oppland map


If you wish to visit Valdres here is a link for more information:


If you are have descendants from Valdres you may want to check out this website as it is for those living in the US & Canada that had family that immigrated from the Valdres valley:


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A beautiful valley area in the Oppland region of Norway. Also has a beautiful bunad with two versions

the Old (Gammel) Valdres designed in 1914

Valdres woman




Old Valdres frontOld Valdres backValdres blouse



Valdres lady

The “old” Valdres costume is from 1914, but the one you see today is different than the earlier editions. It was designed by Hulda Garborg together with the artists Anna and Askel Johnnesen. The designs themes were taken from old head dresses and shawls from Valdres. The costume is made in black or blue  wool.  It has multicolored embroidery on the bodice, skirt, bag and hat.  It may include a red cotton petticoat which is finished with a pleated edge. The shirt is made of cotton or linen with white or colored embroidery. The cape may be full or three quarter length and is also made out of the same fabric as the bunad. There is a wide variety of silver that can be warn with this costume. The stockings shall be black or blue.


New ValdresNew Valdres 2New Valdres back

photos from http://www.bunadrosen.no



The “new” (Nye) Valdres costume is from 1948. . The costume is made in black or blue-green wool  with multicolored embroidery. The skirt is pleated in the front and gathered in the back. There is a 3 cm wide green border on the bottom of the skirt with red edging just above, then there are flowers embroidered along the border in wool in many beautiful colors.  The bodice has deep breast shaping with embroidery on the front, plus a small embroidery at the neck.  It is also has embroidery on the purse (which has a green wool edging) and on the hat. The shirt is made of cotton or linen with white or colored embroidery. The cape is made in the same fabric as costume. The stockings worn with this are black. Same is true of the silver for this costume as with the “old Valdres”



Silver for Valdres bunad

It is often said that only a married woman wears the metal belt….maybe it  because only a married woman can afford the belt. As each one of the segments can cost more than $ 40/each.  A good reason not to gain weight !!!!!

It seems that when the bunad have a newer version they tend to be a bit simpler and I believe they seem to be a bit more “revealing” or flattering how ever you want to look at it…. In the case of the Valdres you will notice the New Valdres the bodice is lower cut than the Old Valdres . The Old also has so much more embroidery, so if you are planning on doing the embroidery yourself you may want to consider trying the newer one! Also notice the tucks on the skirt are a bit different on the newer one…more like pleats on the New version….another style better suited for a smaller person. (or possibly one with less “curves”)  Either way you have a great deal of fabric to allow for change if needed at a future time in your life. OR if you purchase a used bunad it is nice because you can let them out a great deal if the bodice allow for your size. Even then there is usually a good chance that you can alter the bodice to at least one or two sizes if you need to have that done. I can help you if you have an older bunad you need to have altered or repaired as I have done this many times. Even to take some of the fabric from the seams to help cover moth holes that have occurred on the ones that have sat in closets or trunks for a long period of time….let me know if you need assistance with the care of an older bunad!