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 The Bunad traditions. 

The Bunad, as worn today, belongs to the 19th and 20th century. The name Bunad originally means”clothing”, but is used today to describe our national costumes, different from area to area, and with long and solid traditions.

Among Folk dancers and Folk muscians, these costumes are a”necessity”, among both women and men.
Norway is one of few nations still using a national costume as clothing worn for festivities, among the majority of the people. The Bunad is worn at special events like baptisms, confirmations and weddings. Also at representations and official celebrations.

The Bunadsølv is an important part of the Bunad. The silver decorates, but also has a practical meaning.  The silver, as the Bunad, differs from area to area. Some similarities are to be found, but with variations. 

Until the beginning of the 1880s, all the silver was produced by silversmiths and goldsmiths in the cities, because only educated craftsmen were allowed to work with metals like silver and gold. However, some of them travelled around, and visited villages, making new silver for the Bunads, and repairing what needed to be repaired.   

Archeologists have found proof of similarities, from today’s Bunad-silver, to products made in the Viking-ages as well as the middle-ages.     

 A bride with Wedding crownWedding crown.
At a wedding, the bride's Bunad is dressed up by adding a silver or silver and gold crown. Dangling around the crown there are small spoon-shaped bangles. When the bride moves her head the bangles produce a melodic tinkling. Norwegian tradition holds that the music from the bride's bangles will ward off evil spirits.

During the wedding reception after the wedding the bride will dance vigorously, the tinkling melody of the bangles will scare off the evil spirits which try to inhabit the happy bride.  At the reception, the bride must dance until her crown falls off. A fiddler plays music and the kjøgemester (master of ceremonies) leads the singing and dancing.  

Similar to the man's Bunad, women's Bunad designs are unique to the district of Norway where she was born, or where her ancestors came from.  Bunadsølv ('Bunad silver' jewelry) is worn on the Bunad.

Today, many couples choose modern day wedding attire of white gowns and black suits.  Some modern day grooms will still wear a Bunad, while the bride wears white silk.

Karina Design & Agenturer A/S, Postboks 34, 5987 Hosteland, Norway.