Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part V, Photography

Around the turn of the century, Norwegian photographer Solveig Lund (1868-1943) made a good living photographing bunad wear and bridal attires. She was based in Oslo, and at one point had 3 different studios in Oslo at the same time! I’m sharing some of her work here, again sorted by Bunad-districts:

These images are clickable for you to zoom in and study the details, some of them are quite large:

HARDANGER – PERLEKRUNE (BEADED CROWN)

VOSS – BRIDAL CROWN / LAD


SOGN – SILVER CROWN

SETESDAL – LAD

Her photos were intended for postcards, targeting the tourist market especially. She handcolorized many of her images herself:

Marcus Selmer (1819-1900) also photographed a series of Bunad and Bridal Wear in the years 1862-1866, mostly in his Bergen studio:

Marcus Selmer’s originals were then cut out and mounted on drawn backgrounds. When they were handcolorized, often times the colors were changed from the originals, so these photos does not always give an accurate depiction of the costumes.

I’m including a few printable collage sheets with photographies of Traditional Norwegian Brides:

Find your high quality copies, free for your personal use and enjoyment in the download folder below 🙂 

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I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is Bridal Crowns in Film.

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Solveig Lund – Digitalt Museum

Solveig Lund – The National Library of Norway

Marcus Selmer – Digitalt Museum

Marcus Selmer – The National Library of Norway

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Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part IV, Art

One of the most famous Norwegian painters, Adolph Tidemand, incorporated traditional Bridal Crowns in many pieces of his art:

Wings of Whimsy: Tidemand & Gude - Brudeferd i Hardanger (The Bridal Procession in Hardanger)

Tidemand & Gude – Brudeferd i Hardanger  1848 (Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord)

Wings of Whimsy: Tidemand & Gude - Brudeferd i Hardanger

Tidemand & Gude – Detail of Brudeferd i Hardanger 1848 (Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord)

Adolph Tidemand became and has remained, one of the prominent painters representing Norwegian Romantic Nationanlism. The movement peaked around 1840-1860, but has had tremendous impact on the Norwegian identity as we know it today!

All the images are clickable, if you would like to study the Bridal Crown Art more closely, some of these are supersized (!) 😀

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1865

Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1865 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1865 Detail

Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1865 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown) Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1867

Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1867 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1867 Detail

Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1867 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown) Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting 1870

Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting 1870 (Adorning the Bride)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting 1870 Detail

Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting 1870 (Adorning the Bride) Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting på stabburet 1858

Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting på stabburet 1858 (Adorning the Bride in the Storehouse)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting på stabburet 1858 Detail

Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting på stabburet 1858 (Adorning the Bride in the Storehouse) Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudetog gjennom skogen 1873

Adolph Tidemand – Et brudetog gjennom skoven 1873 (Bridal Procession Through The Forest)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudetog gjennom skogen 1873

Adolph Tidemand – Et brudetog gjennom skoven 1873 (Bridal Procession Through The Forest) Detail

Illustrasjon hentet fra boken Norske Folkelivsbilleder av Tidemand, Adolph og utgitt av Chr. Tønsberg (Christiania, 1854)

Adolph Tidemand – Et brudefølge 1854 (A Bridal Procession)

Illustrasjon hentet fra boken Norske Folkelivsbilleder av Tidemand, Adolph og utgitt av Chr. Tønsberg (Christiania, 1854)

Adolph Tidemand – Et brudefølge 1854 (A Bridal Procession) Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - En brudeferd til vanns 1854

Adolph Tidemand – En brudeferd til vanns 1854 (A Bridal Procession on Water)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - En brudeferd til vanns 1854 - Detail

Adolph Tidemand – En brudeferd til vanns 1854 (A Bridal Procession on Water) Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Raad for uraad 1848

Adolph Tidemand – Raad for uraad 1848

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Raad for uraad 1848

Adolph Tidemand – Raad for uraad 1848 Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bryllup Hardanger 1870

Adolph Tidemand – Bryllup Hardanger 1870 (Hardanger Wedding)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bryllup Hardanger 1870

Adolph Tidemand – Bryllup Hardanger 1870 (Hardanger Wedding) Detail

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Slagsmål i et bondebryllup 1861

Adolph Tidemand – Slagsmål i et bondebryllup 1861 (A Farm Wedding Fight)

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brud Telemark

Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Telemark

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Hallingdal 1849

Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Hallingdal 1849

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Hardanger 1849

Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Hardanger 1849

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Voss 1855

Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Voss 1855

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Setesdal - 1st & 2nd day of wedding festival 1848

Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Setesdal 1848 (Attires for 1st & 2nd day of wedding festival)

Bildet er hentet fra Nasjonalbibliotekets bildesamling

Adolph Tidemand Portrait

While Adolph Tidemand created many fine pieces with contemporary Bridal Crowns, other artist also explored the topic:

Wings of Whimsy: Johannes Flintø - Bunad Study, Bride & Groom, Valdres 1822

Johannes Flintø – Bunad Study, Bride & Groom, Valdres 1822

Wings of Whimsy: Johannes Flintø - Hardanger

Johannes Flintø – Hardanger

Wings of Whimsy: Johan Dreier period 1800-1833 Bride from Fana (Bergen)

Johan Dreier – Bride from Fana (Bergen), period 1800-1833

Wings of Whimsy: Johan Dreier period 1800-1833 Groom from Fana (Bergen)

Johan Dreier, period 1800-1833 – Groom from Fana (Bergen)

Wings of Whimsy: Johan Dreier period 1800-1833 Bride from Fana (Bergen)

Johan Dreier, period 1800-1833 – Bride from Fana (Bergen)

Wings of Whimsy: Frich - Bride & Groom Sunnmøre 1845

Frich – Bride & Groom Sunnmøre 1845

Wings of Whimsy: Duntze - Hardanger (Perlekrune) 1848

Duntze – Hardanger (Perlekrune) 1848

Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1851 Brudepar Hardanger

J F Eckersberg – Bride & Groom Hardanger 1851

Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1851 Brudepar Sunnmøre

J F Eckersberg – Bride & Groom Sunnmøre 1851

Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1850 Brudepar Setesdal

J F Eckersberg – Bride & Groom Setesdal 1850

Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1851 Brudepynting Trøndelag (Adorning the Bride)

J F Eckersberg – Adorning the Bride Trøndelag 1851

Wings of Whimsy: Bergslien - A Wedding Ceremony 1858

Knud Bergslien – A Wedding Ceremony 1858

Wings of Whimsy: Bergslien - A Wedding Ceremony 1858 Detail

Knud Bergslien – A Wedding Ceremony 1858, Detail

Even internationally, the Norwegian Bridal Wear became subject to artistic depictions:

Wings of Whimsy: Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900

Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900

Wings of Whimsy: Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900

Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900

Wings of Whimsy: Bride Nordfjord ca 1900

Bride Nordfjord ca 1900

Wings of Whimsy: Bride Sogn ca 1900

Bride Sogn ca 1900

The Anglo-Dutch artist Nico Jungmann visited Norway in the early 1900s, and these images are from his 1905 book about Norway:

Wings of Whimsy: Nico Jungman - Bride Hardanger 1905

Nico Jungman – Bride Hardanger 1905

Wings of Whimsy: Nico Jungman - Bride Voss 1905

Nico Jungman – Bride Voss 1905

Wings of Whimsy: Nico Jungman - Bride Setesdal 1905

Nico Jungman – Bride Setesdal 1905

I’m including a few printable collage sheet of Traditional Norwegian Brides:

jfeckersberg_bridalcrowns_wingsofwhimsy-kopi norwegianbridalcrowns_wingsofwhimsy-kopi nicojungman1905brides_wingsofwhimsy-kopi

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I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is Bridal Crowns in Photography.

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I have used imagery from the following sources for this post:

Adolph Tidemand Art – Digitalt Museum

Johan Fredrik Eckersberg Art – Digitalt Museum

Maynard’s Candy National Costume Cards – Museums Victoria

Norway by Nico Jungman – archive.org

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Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part III, Gallery

The tradition of using Bridal Crowns is by no means only Norwegian. In most cultures, even today, it is customary that the bride is dressed up in spectacular fashion, and often time special headdress is included. But since we are looking at the Norwegian Traditional Bridal Crowns, this post will be sharing some more Bridal Crowns from various Bunad regions of the country:

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery

All the images are clickable, if you would like to study any of the crowns more closely.

BERGEN

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Bergen – Anno 1854

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Bergen – Anno 1790

NORD HORDALAND

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Nord Hordaland

SOGN

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Årdal

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Sogn – Anno 1910

SUNNFJORD

sunnfjord

Sunnfjord

NORDFJORD

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown from Nordfjord - Oskruna

Nordfjord – Anno 1834

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown from Nordfjord - Norsk Folkemuseum

Nordfjord

SUNNMØRE

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Volda – Anno 1650

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Ålesund – Anno 1850

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Sunnmøre

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Ørskog – Anno 1780

ROMSDAL

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Vestnes – Anno 1848

molde

Molde

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Keive – Anno 1865

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Romsdal – Anno 1899

NORDMØRE

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Nordmøre – Anno 1879

sunndal

Sunndal

SØR-TRØNDELAG

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Støren – Anno 1883

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Soknedal – Anno 1879

GUDBRANDSDAL

Lesja - 1845

Lesja – Anno 1845

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Fåvang (brass)

OSLO

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Oslo – Anno 1600

HALLINGDAL

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Krødsherad

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Hallingdal

Hallingdal

TELEMARK

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Telemark

Telemark – Bridal Hat

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Telemark Lad

Telemark Lad

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Telemark Lad

Telemark Lad

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Telemark Lad

Telemark Lad

VALDRES

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Valdres Rull

Valdres Rull

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Perlekrune Valdres

Valdres – Perlekrune (beaded crown)

VEST AGDER

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Mandal

Mandal – Reisle (beads, fabric & feathers)

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Reisle Vest-Agder

Vest Agder – Reisle (beads, fabric and feathers)

ROGALAND

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Perlekrune Rogaland 1874

Rogaland – Perlekrune (beaded crown)

HARDANGER

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Hardanger Perlekrone

Hardanger – Perlekrune (beaded crown)

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Perlekrune

Hardanger – Perlekrune (beaded crown)

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Perlekrune Ullensvang

Ullensvang – Perlekrune (beaded crown)

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Hardanger

Utne – 1850

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Hardanger

Hardanger

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Hardanger 1875

Hardanger

VOSS

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Voss Lad 1800

Voss Lad – Anno 1800

Wings of Whimsy: Norwegian Bridal Crowns Gallery - Voss Lad 1800

Voss Lad – Anno 1800

I do not know all the regions equally well, but (so far) I have not found good photos of traditional bridal headdress for the remaining regions of southern Norway. I have also not done any research further north than Sør-Trøndelag.

In this gallery I have also included some variations of Bridal Headdress used in the middle regions of the country, Bridal Hat, Lad, Rull and Reisle, next to several beautiful Perlekrune (beaded crowns). The fact remains that the tradition of wearing typical silver Bridal Crowns always was strongest in the western regions of Norway.

No one knows exactly how many crowns are still around, or how many of them are still being used, but if we use my home region of Nordfjord with 25 known crowns as measurement, my guess is that the total number is probably several hundred crowns. 

I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is Bridal Crowns in Art.

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Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part II, Family Experience

I have told you before, in the Valentine Sweetheart series 2 years ago, and also in connection with the genealogical research I did on the parts of my family which emigrated to the US, about brides in my family wearing traditional Norwegian Bridal Crowns:

Wings of Whimsy: Pink Flowers Album Mat #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #valentine

Nils and Helge – Married 1898

This is my great grandparents on my fathers paternal side, Nils and Helge Bakke. For their wedding in 1898, when Helge was only 19 years old she wore one of the Nordfjord Crowns and Bridal attires still in use in my hometown of Hornindal today, the so called ‘Raftevoldpyntet’.

Their son Ola (my grandfather) and my grandmother Oddny were married in 1937, Oddny wore the same Bridal attire ‘Raftevoldpyntet’:

Wings of Whimsy: Die Cut Forget Me Not Album Mat #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #valentine

Oddny and Ola – Married 1937

My parents Gretha and Nils married in 1969, my mother was from the Trøndelag region of Norway, and chose to wear a regular white wedding gown:

Wings of Whimsy: Rose Album Mat #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #valentine

Gretha and Nils – Married 1969

When I myself got married in 1997, ‘Raftevold pyntet’ was not available for hire, but I borrowed another Bridal attire from Nordfjord, the so called ‘Rye pyntet’:

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

Gunnvor – Married 1997

I had 3 friends and my mother help me get dressed and properly adorned for my big day as a Crowned Bride. This is the beginning of the morning, when the crown was tied to my head with many, many thin strands of hair, it was completely locked to my head! I seem to remember this process alone took almost 2 hour!

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

Got to love the 1997 casual outfits!!! 😛Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

I could bend over and lean back, jump, dance and tilt my head without the crown shifting. It was literally tied to my scalp 😀

Then my friend, the makeup artist, did her “magic”: totally au-naturelle make-up, of course:

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

My mother is ready to attach the red band at the base of the crown, to cover all the hair knots. This is the final piece, to complete the outfit. She is wearing a Trønder-bunad, this is the bunad I’m currently using, after I inherited it from her in 2007.

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

For a complete Nordfjord Bridal wear, there is also the special silk ribbon veil, the heavily adorned belt, and of course the bib, adorned with more silver jewelry, lace and several mirrors set in silver frames. According to local folk myths, the significance of the mirrors is said to be to keep tusse, troll and even the devil from stealing the bride on her wedding day. Should any of them try, they will burst when they see their own reflection in the mirrors! Just to be sure, there is even a tiny mirror in the back, used to secure the red band to the crown.

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

Removing even microscopic specs of dust and lint for a perfect finish 🙂
Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

The special clothing worn by a Nordfjord bride is a red pleated long skirt of fine wool, with a black damask jaquard woven jacket and a snowy white linnen Bunad apron, usually with Hardanger embroidery. And of course traditional Bunad shoes to complete the Bridal outfit.

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

Everyone ready to leave my sisters tiny studio apartment, which we borrowed for the preparations. My front 2 friends in bunad from Sunnmøre, and my friend in the back in bunad from Nordmøre.

Here is another picture of the ‘Rye pyntet’ Bridal attire:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Attire 'Rye pyntet'

Rye pyntet – Crown Anno 1660(?)

The Rye crown is made in solid, gilded silver, and according to historical transcripts it has been in the Rye family since 1660, although the design and appearance of the crown suggests it is from the same period as several of the other Nordfjord crowns (early 1800). We insured the crown for 100.000 kroner (about 11.800 USD/11.100 euro) for one week back in 1997, had it been lost or stolen it would of course have been irreplaceable!

Bridal Crowns are rarely sold, and if they are, they are listed as high end offers by the esteemed auction houses. They often end up in museums, and will likely never be sold again. A crown from Bergen yielded 340.000,- kroner in 2010. Another crown from Bergen was sold for 360.000 kroner in 2014, while a third crown from Sunnmøre sold for 220.000,- kroner in 2015.

Wings of Whimsy: Gunnvor 1997

200 years ago, very few families were able to buy a Bridal Crown, they were expensive even then. According to custom, the richest families would give the Bridal Crown and attire as part of the dowry with their daughter. But unlike other dowry, in Nordfjord the ownership of the Bridal Crown and attire would remain with the bride herself. She would offer it for hire to other, less fortunate families, for a fair price, and thus have a steady income to help with the household expenses, all her life, since everyone needed a Bridal Crown for their weddings. Unless the family had no daughters, the Bridal Crown and attire would normally follow the maternal line. The wooden storage box for the complete attire, called “krunebomme” would typically be beautifully carved and decorated, by the groom of the first bride to own it, and many of these storage boxes are still being used today.

I know of 25 Bridal Crowns from Nordfjord that are still around today. Author Bendik Os wrote about 24 of them in his 2013 book “Brudekroner fra Nordfjord”, and the 25th crown is in Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo. Not all of them are complete attires anymore, with the other items to fully dress a traditional Norwegian Bride from the Nordfjord region. A complete attire should include also the bib, the belt, and the silk ribbon veil. The Nordfjord region has around 33.000 inhabitants, meaning the Bridal Crown ratio in Nordfjord is 1:1300.

Wings of Whimsy: Bridal Crowns from Nordfjord

17 of the Bridal Crowns from Nordfjord in 2005. Photo: Paul Sorenson

Hornindal is the smallest municipality of Nordfjord with 1.200 inhabitants, and is currently the home of 3 Bridal Crowns, making the current Bridal Crown Ratio 1:400 😀  Oskruna (depicted further below) also originates in Hornindal, meaning at one point there was actually 4 crowns in this very little town! A 5th crown from Hornindal, Svorkruna is mentioned, but I have not been able to find images of it. It is said to be in Kulturhistorisk Museum in Bergen, I will go look for it there, when I visit Bergen in May! It’s my “educated estimate” that these numbers place my hometown firmly in the middle of the Bridal Crown Tradition: I believe not many towns in Norway has a Bridal Crown density that compares to Hornindal…:-P

Here is a recent photo of the current 3 Bridal Crowns from Hornindal in Nordfjord. Raftevoldpyntet to the left is the one my Great Grandmother Helge and my Grandmother Oddny wore for their weddings:

Wings of Whimsy: All 3 Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crowns from Hornindal, Nordfjord - Raftevoldpyntet, Frislidpyntet & Slettebøpyntet. Photo from "Brudekroner fra Nordfjord" by Bendik Os.

All 3 Traditional Norwegian Bridal Attires from Hornindal, Nordfjord – Raftevoldpyntet (Anno 1805) , Frislidpyntet (Anno 1844) & Slettebøpyntet (Anno 1851). Photo from “Brudekroner fra Nordfjord” by Bendik Os. Copyright Svein Brimi

Here are two other bridal crowns from the Nordfjord region, you can see the similarities to the Rye Crown and the Raftevold crown:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown from Nordfjord - Oskruna

Oskruna – Anno 1832

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown from Nordfjord - Norsk Folkemuseum

Crown from Nordfjord at Norsk Folkemuseum (Accession 1898)

I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is a Bridal Crowns Gallery.

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Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part I, Facts

For centuries, it has been a tradition for Norwegian Brides to wear a Crown on their wedding day:

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The Bridal Crown Tradition never died, although the wearing of traditional folk costumes called ‘Bunad’ plummeted drastically during the 1800s. Bunad was still worn in rural areas. Hulda Garborg was instrumental in reviving the Bunad tradition in the late 1880s, she was considered a rebell for challenging the elite of the era and thus the union with Sweden. By the culture radicals, wearing the Bunad became a symbol of the true Norwegian identity. Hulda Garborg took elements from old pieces of clothing and designed the first Bunad as we know them today. She was especially inspired by richly embroidered folk garments from Sunnmøre, the region of Western Norway were I currently live.

Wings of Whimsy: Hulda Garborg

Hulda Garborg – Bunad Rebell

Every region of Norway has their own Bunad today, based on elements from local clothing, furniture or building. Most Norwegian women, and many men own a Bunad, and will typically wear them to festive occasions, such as Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day of May 17th) weddings and gala dinners, even at the Royal Castle!

Although most brides in Norway today choose classical white gowns, some are still proudly donning full traditional Bridal Costumes, Crown and all:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Sunnmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Sunnmøre

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Hallingdal

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Hallingdal

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Rogaland

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Rogaland

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Vest Agder

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Vest Agder

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Voss

Here are some head shots:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Nordmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Nordmøre

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Sunnmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Sunnmøre

I have included the full figure Norwegian Traditional Brides on a collage sheet:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Brides

Find your high quality copy, free for your personal use and enjoyment in the download folder below 🙂 

DOWNLOAD FOLDER

I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is Bridal Crowns Family Experience.

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Bridal Crown

Hulda Garborg – Digitalt Museum

Traditional Brides: Norsk Flid Husfliden

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