Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Folk Costumes

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On Sunday I visited a very colourful folklore photo art exhibition at Borås Museum, by photographer Laila Durán. See www.scandinavianfolklore.com. [Make sure to click on the tabs ‘Exempel (I)’ and ‘Exempel (II)’ to see full size examples.]

I have to confess I had no proper concept myself of the many varieties in Scandinavian folk costumes until I saw this impressive collection of photos.

The costumes displayed in the glass case above are 19th century folk costumes from the parish of Toarp here in south-west Sweden. The woman’s outfit is original 19th century while the man’s sheep skin coat is a copy.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

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11 comments:

  1. I wish England had some sort of traditional costume. I have some postcards of Welsh national costume but what would one do for England - a bowler-hatted man???

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    1. What about the Morris dancers? Some of the costumes they use seem to have a lot in common with ours. I bought some postcards from this exhibition at the museum shop - one of them may be coming your way :)

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    2. Morris Dancers are dafter than I am. They shouldn't be encouraged.

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  2. You did a good job of the shot through glass. They are hard to do well.

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    1. Thanks Adrian. Yes that one needed some editing. But my little camera is surprisingly good at indoor shots like that, even in rather poor light conditions.

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  3. nice picture, again!

    we have many traditional costumes in germany, especially in my south-western region, the black forest. almost each village has its own! I don't like them too much, though, as they are dark and solemn.

    I prefer the colourful costumes, the Oaxaca or Tehuantepec of Mexico - like Frida Kahlo used to wear. I'd really love to have one of hers ...

    by the way: your tulip header is outstanding!

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  4. i would enjoy this exhibit, i love that coat...

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  5. This is why the sheepskin coat looks so new. But even the outfit is in such good shape. Some lady could put it on and walk right off with it, and I wonder if it would draw any attention.

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  6. That's interesting and I love the sheepskin coat. I used to wear one and it was warm but it was also very stiff and bulky and modern coast are much comfier and practical.

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  7. It was nice to see these period costumes. At least some effort is being made to keep them alive for future generations to enjoy.

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  8. We have a fashion museum here in Ludwigsburg, which also shows some items that were not "fashion" as such, but traditional costumes of people of this area. It was easy to tell, back then, who was from where and what their occupation, social and marital status was - if one knew the code, that is.

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