24
March
2021
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11:53 AM
America/Denver

How Bunads Helped Revive Norway’s National Identity and Heritage

Summary

Bunad is the beloved traditional Norwegian dress that many Norwegians own and wear for special occasions. Each bunad colorfully and uniquely tells the story of Norway’s history and plays a special role in tying Norwegians to their heritage.

The term bunad is best understood as referring to Norwegian traditional clothing, and it includes a variety of regional styles. In general, bunads are colorful garments made of wool and adorned with embroidery, buckles, shawls, scarfs, and traditional, handmade Norwegian jewelry known as solje.

For centuries, Norway was under Danish rule. After Norway obtained independence on 17 May 1814, the Norwegian people sought...