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Møre og Romsdal….Nordmøre region bunad

Møre og Romsdal….Nordmøre region bunad

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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


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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.

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!



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Celebrating May 17th (Norwegian Constitution Day) is a huge event in Oslo so it is most appropriate we talk about the

bunad for Oslo….but the one from Oslo is called the:


OSLO costume

Efforts to create a folk costume that would be special to Oslo, started later than it did in many other cities in Norway. Oslo as both the capital and a port city, has been in close contact with the rest of Europe through the ages, this has led to a large influence from European lifestyle and culture – which had brought  urban clothing and  created fashion history in the city. You saw a different style of dress more often in the capital than elsewhere in the country. And therefore, this was perhaps the main reason why the Oslo costume was not born until 1947.

When it was finally decided that Oslo would have a “special” dress / costume, what it should look like was important, as it was not based on old traditions, it is was crucial to consider what it would at it was to be composed without historical materials.
The great department store, Steen & Strøm, took the initiative to create a drakte  in connection with the 150-year anniversary of the department store in 1947. It was desired also to provide Oslo a costume for the 900-year anniversary in 1950. Head of the
Department of embroidery department at the time, Harriet Henriksen, composed the embroidery, and Ingeborg Solum the  pattern. The beautiful  embroidery on the skirt, on each side of the bodice and on the hat show all the  “Oslo midsummer flowers.”  Featured on the purse is St. Halvard, Oslo’s guardian angel.
The women’s costume is made of blue wool with a light gray wool  piece inserted at the bottom of the skirt (where most of the embroidery is).

The shape of the shirt was  blouse-like with a folded collar, placket front and with long, inserted  sleeves with cuffs.  The color has always been light gray. Today, the shirt a more traditional shirt shape with Chinese collar and slit at center front, and it is made in either cotton or linen.

Grey or white stocking are to be worn with this costume.
The Girl’s costume is almost an exact copy of the ladies’ costume. The difference, of course, is size, and that the bag does not have the silver, the little girl purse closes with gray satin cords.
Over the last few years there have been some small changes with the costume and  new accessories have been made.  Today you can buy a cape with embroidery, a  petticoat, umbrella, shoes, costume bags and a new shirt in linen with embroidery on the collar and cuffs, for the ladies costume was recently introduced.

You may also see a black version of the costume….

oslo mother and daughter

Oslo embroidery

Here is a close up of the wonderful embroidery of the wildflowers

Oslo man and woman

Now here is the real thing about the Oslodrakt….you are to have picked a bunad from where you family is from! When it was time for me to choose some many many years ago…when my Mother and Grandmother asked me what bunad I would like (both being from Oslo) I am sure they both assumed I would have wanted my grandmother to make one for me….but noooooo I did not choose this one. I must admit it is not one of my favorites…to say the least. I choose one of the more popular Hardanger as you would see on all the calendars at the time! But here are photos of my grandmother in the one she made for herself and then my mother inherited!

Nana in bunad

Hjordis Øiulfstad (my grandmother)

in her Oslodrakt, she got the kit from Steen & Strøm in 1947 and sewed all the embroidery (as well as the costume) herself


Mildred Stokes (my 93 year old Mom)

Mom is also from Olso and she is wearing the same bunad that was made in the late ’40’s…

  But it was not the choice for me… it is a gorgeous costume and one that shows the beautiful flowers of Norway as well as the guardian angel of Oslo

oslo pursepurse2

                                           photo from http://www.lailas .net                             just in case you want to make your own…..

Here is a photo of the new blouse



This may be the one for you….you can click on the link above and buy one from that website or go to the trouble that my dear sweet grandmother did and do all the handwork yourself…then you will have to order a kit!

Have fun deciding which is the bunad for you!

ps there is a new one for Oslo and we will talk about that one in another blog!!!!

Lofoten Bunad from Norway



Lofoten one of the most beautiful places in Norway

also has one of the most bunads !!!!!

Lofoten map


map for Nordlands

Located in the northern area of Norway….Lofoten has beautiful scenery and beautiful wildlife…some of which is depicted in their national costume shown below…..

Lofoten Ladieslofoten-bunadrosen-02 back

(photos from www.bunadrosen.no website)

Lofoten Lady

lofoten back and front

Lofoten Lady

This beautiful costume was completed in 1948 and was very popular as soon as it was introduced. It depicts the flowers of the region embroidered on the bodice & the skirt which are made out of dark blue wool. The skirt has a edging of red along the hem.

The bodice closure are 6 silver buttons which are engraved with the same floral pattern as found on the costume. The blouse is white linen and has embroidery on the collar & cuffs.

The cape is half length & is made out of the same blue wool and is lined in red wool. The stocking should be black or white with this costume (or sometimes grey)


Lofoten silver photo from www.bunadrosen.no