Men’s bunad from Åmli, Aust Agder, Norway
Today I received an email from Rune Jensen regarding the postcard that went up on the blog this past Thursday showing a group of people dressed in the costume from Setesdal. He sent the photo and link above plus another link for other pictures of the costumes from this area in southern Norway. One thing he mentioned that was very interesting is that while there are 19 counties or fylker in Norway there are 400 different designs for bunader. I had wondered if there were variations within the counties and the answer is an emphatic, yes! Nevertheless, there are strict regulations regarding the designs and colors to be used in all these costumes.
As you notice the men’s bunad comes in basically two styles for this area, short trousers and long trousers, dark jacket and light jacket. The light colored jacket looks like it is probably shorter in length than the dark jacket. I personally like the dark jacket and short trousers with the nice high stockings, tassels, colored vest, and buckled shoes. All versions have an attractive tie or cravat that compliments the ensemble. Very handsome looking all of them.
Rune mentioned that he thought all the women's skirts except those from Setesdal are long but even the long ones had multiple underskirts. Apparently there is a story about a woman who wore seven underskirts or “stakker” during an especially hard, cold winter to keep warm. I think that seven underskirts might look a little bulky and be heavy as the material used for these skirts is usually wool. He did say that everything has been sewn so nice that the different layers can be shown off for example when a woman has to lift her skirts while walking in the forest.
Thank you Rune, as always for your comments and additions.
For more pictures of the costumes from southern Norway here is the second link: