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Setesdal Bunad
Setesdal Bunad

Setesdal Bunad Figurine

The Setesdal bunad figurine portrays a woman’s bunad from the Setesdal valley area, located in the Northern part of the county of Aust-Agder, Norway. The bunad from Setesdal has one of the longest traditions, being one of the oldest folk costumes in the country. The skirt has had the same design since the last part of the 17th Century, and maybe even longer. The women wore a frieze skirt with a leather belt for daily use. For church or festive occasions they would wear a black skirt over this white one. Brides would wear several skirts. The costume used today is the style used for church. This bunad has two skirts, a white skirt under and a black over skirt. Note the “fat” calves this woman has. The story goes that the men were always looking for strong and healthy women to marry, so the young girls would stuff extra socks in their stockings to appear to be of hefty stock.

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