Let's tell you about the Norwegian bunad: The traditional folk costumes that you find all over the country, and actually has become more and more popular over the years.
Lets first take a look at a video:
Any tourist visiting Norway during summer have probably seen one or more of the traditional Norwegian "bunad", which is the name of the traditional, national costumes, and asked questions about them.
Norwegians use it for various celebrations, like weddings, folk dances, , and of course on the May 17., the Norwegian Constitution Day celebrations.It's also much used on religious occasions like baptism celebrations, confirmations and Christmas. In recent years, it has become more and more popular, even among young people, especially girls. A typical Norwegian bunad is hand made in a very traditional way, even though some companys now are having them made in China now. (Probably 2 of 3 costumes are made in China these days).
Many different types
It's at least 200 different types of Norwegian bunads, many claims as many as 400. All counties have several different bunads, and most municipalities as well. These are very traditional in colors and design, and it's not allowed to make any changes. It's impossible to show you all, but we show you some of them, and give you links to other websites showing photos of many more.
This photo shows a traditional Sami costume, which also has lots of different types.
Our last presentation is Lofoten, the archipelago in Nordland County. Also take a look at our presentations of Svolvær, Stokmarknes and Sortland. Svolvær is the capital of Lofoten, while Sortland is known as the Blue Town of Vesterålen. Stokmarknes is recognized as the "Home of the Hurtigruten", and here you also find the Hurtigruten Museum.