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Norwegian Craft Traditions – Episode 4. Folk Costumes – Still Going Strong After 300 years!

In Setesdal, there has been an unbroken tradition of wearing folk costumes for the past 300 years. We meet with textile and folk costume expert Randi Myrum inside the stunning 16th-century Rygnestad loft, to discover its textile treasures and to learn more about the folk costumes of Setesdal and the traditions of wearing them in the past and present.

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This episode was filmed on location at Rygnestadtunet (Rygnestad farm) in Valle, Setesdal. This farm was preserved exactly as it was when deserted in 1919 and is one of the most distinctive museums in Norway, the “jewel in the crown” in the collection of buildings and venues belonging to the Setesdal Museum.

Rygnestadloftet, the most noted building on the farm, is a 2-story storehouse on pillars, built by Vonde-Åsmund (Åsmund the Evil) (1540-1596) in 1590. Rygnestadloftet is highly valued for its fine proportions, its good craftsmanship, and use of high-quality materials. The cog-joint timber has considerable dimensions, and the width of one timber log is enough for the height of the entrance door. The ground floor was used for storing food supplies. The second floor, where we filmed, was used for storing clothes, textiles, and valuables. In our video, you can also see unique and rare painted textiles dating from the 15th century. The textiles have probably been on the farm for almost 400 years.

For more information about the Setesdal Museum, click on this link:

And make sure to watch until the end of the episode to see video footage of how the folk costumes are worn in modern times, whenever there is a special occasion to celebrate.

And click here to purchase our pattern for the doubled hat from Setesdal.