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    Gudbrandsdal bunad figurine for sale from Lena and Ole's Gifts  width=The Gudbrandsdal bunad was designed in 1923 by a team of a painter, his seamstress wife, and Hulda Garborg, who was, apart from being married to the famous author, Arne Garborg, a pioneer in rekindling the use of bunads and traditional culture. The Gudbrandsdal bunad is today made of blue or black material, but the deign was based upon a blue-green skirt with a polychrome flower motif. The original design is on display at the Norsk Folkemuseum. The apron is either in silk or wool with floral embroidery. The bunad can be worn with or without the apron. The silk apron is black, while the woolen apron is the same color as the skirt. The original bunads always had silk aprons, but this material became harder to obtain during and after World War II, which led to the use of woolen fabric as well. The Gudbrandsdal bunad is worn with two silver brooches and button cufflinks for the blouse.

    This is one of a collection of many bunad figurines available for $22.95 plus shipping.

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    Vest-Agder bunad figurine

    Vest-Agder bunad figurineThis bunad was designed in the first part of the 20th Century. It was copied after an antique costume from the period between 1830 and 1870. There was a lot of old costumes and jewelry still in existence in this region, so the bunad committee had a great deal of information to design this costume. This 7 inch figure is available from Lena and Ole's Gifts on-line for $22.95 plus shipping. Check out the bunad category for more choices.

    There is also a male vest agder figurine available. Contact Lena for more information.

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    The bunad from Setesdal

    The bunad from Setesdal 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.

    The male figure is also available in his traditional clothing.

    About the Bunad Figurine Collection
    The Bunad Figurine Collection is a great gift giving idea and a wonderful way to share the traditions of our heritage with our children and grandchildren. It will be cherished by your family for years and years to come. Each 7 inch tall statuette is sculptured by a master craftsman, cast in a crushed stone and resin compound, and hand painted to preserve even the minutest detail. The collection has been assembled in collaboration with, and is recommended by, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norsk Folkemuseum, located in Oslo and The Folk and National Costume Council, Bunad-og Folkedraktrådet, located in Fagernes.

    Each figurine is $22.95 plus shipping. Please call 414-745-4362 to order.

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    Ovre-Hallingdal bunad figurine

    The womanâ??s Hallingdal bunad figurine available at Lena & Ole's GiftsThe woman’s Hallingdal bunad has been in traditional use up until today in Ål in Øvre (upper) Hallingdal, even though the design has changed through the times. There used to be one used for church and another for festive occasions. Married and unmarried women wore different kinds of hats. A married woman would wear a hat such as this figure has, while young girls would wear a headscarf.

    This figurine, along with a authentic male figure from the Hallingdal region, is available from Lena and Ole’s Gifts online for $22.95 plus shipping.

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    The Hardanger bunad is the most famous of all the Norwegian folk costumes

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    The Hardanger bunad is the most famous of all the Norwegian folk costumes. In the romantic era of the last part of the 19th century, it became the national costume, and it was copied all over the country, although usually simplified. The Hardanger bunad has never been out of use. Even the local districts had their local design specific to them. There is also a difference of a married woman and a young girls bunad. The woman wear a headdress and a silver belt, and they look more dressed up than the young girls. The Hardanger women also traditionally had a winter bunad. is the most famous of all the Norwegian folk costumes. In the romantic era of the last part of the 19th century, it became the national costume, and it was copied all over the country, although usually simplified. The Hardanger bunad has never been out of use. Even the local districts had their local design specific to them. There is also a difference of a married woman and a young girls bunad. The woman wear a headdress and a silver belt, and they look more dressed up than the young girls. The Hardanger women also traditionally had a winter bunad.

    The male figure also wears the traditional dress of that region. Both figures are available from Lena and Ole’s Gifts in decorative gift boxes online for $22.95 plus shipping.

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    Fana male and female figurines available at Lena and Ole’s Gifts

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    Fana Bunad Figurines
    The Fana bunad figurine portrays the woman’s bunad from Fana, located in the county of Hordaland, Norway. The formal custome from Fana has been in use since antiquity. Antique costumes and photos have been well preserved, so we know exactly how the costume used to look. There has always been a distict difference between the woman’s bunad, and the girl’s bunad and that tradition continues today. When women get married, they change the blue hem on the skirt to a green one. Married women can also wear a silver pendant and a belt with silver ornaments. The bunad silver is usually gilded. Only married woman can use different colored stones in their jewelry. The skirt is made from either black or dark blue wool with a green hem and is finely pleated. The jacket is also made from either a black or dark blue wool, has a floral pattern trim, and is open to the waistline. The bodice is made of damask or wool with velvet or silk trim. The color of the bodice trim can either be green, which was used in the 19th Century, or blue which was used in the girl’s bunad. The bodice is open with a loose insert in the front. The insert can be made of different patterns and colors that are either embroidered, beaded, or woven. The white apron could have different patterns and techniques. The man’s wear from Fana is also available in a figurine as pictured.

    About the Bunad Figurine Collection
    The Bunad Figurine Collection is a great gift giving idea and a wonderful way to share the traditions of our heritage with our children and grandchildren. It will be cherished by your family for years and years to come. Each 7 inch tall statuette is sculptured by a master craftsman, cast in a crushed stone and resin compound, and hand painted to preserve even the minutest detail. The collection has been assembled in collaboration with, and is recommended by, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norsk Folkemuseum, located in Oslo and The Folk and National Costume Council, Bunad-og Folkedraktrådet, located in Fagernes.

    Each figurine is $22.95 plus shipping. Please call 414-745-4362 to order.

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    Rogaland bunad figurines available at Lena and Ole’s Gifts

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    The authentic replica Rogaland male and female figurines are wonderful reminders of the Rogaland region of Norway. The figurines are $22.95 plus shipping.

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    Øst-Telemark bunad figurine

    Ã?st-Telemark bunad figurineThe “ Sash Skirt” came into use in 1850, and is from the Telemark area. As late as the 1950s older women still used the beltestakk for formal occasions. It got the name from the wide belt or sash that is used around the waistline. The skirt varies quite a bit in the embroidery and the color of the hem come in various colors. The jacket has a stiffened edge or skjæl in the back that is special to this particular bunad. The blouse has embroidery on the collar and the front. Sometimes the cuffs can also be embroidered. There are many preserved antique aprons that can be used as variations for this bunad. . This bunad figure is available by calling Lena at 414-745-4362. The cost is $22.95 plus shipping.

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