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BUNADER (Bunads)
Oppdal and Nord Gudbrandsdals Bunads
A bunad is a traditional Norwegian costume, typically of rural origin.

Bunads are local to Norway's traditional districts, and the result both of traditional evolution and organized efforts to discover and modernize traditional designs.

The designs are typically elaborate, with embroidery, scarves, shawls and hand-made silver or gold jewellery.

There are bunads both for men and women, although women's bunads are more diverse and popular (Source Wikipedia).

Bergen Lodge, District 8, Norway has helpful information about bunads. <Click Here> to visit their site's bunad page.

kronprins haakon og mette-marit
Kronprins Haakon

If you are a Skjold Lodge member and have an existing picture of you (or other Skjold members, past or present) wearing bunads, please e-mail the highest quality picture you have along with a brief description of the bunad to:  See descriptions below for ideas on how to describe your bunad.  If you need to mail a picture and a description, send them to:
Jon Satrum
5420 Brookbank Road
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

Let us know if you need the picture returned to you.

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Multi Generation
Amack Family

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This is a collage of Gudbrandsdalen bunads purchased in Lillehammer by Les and Lois Amack on a 1985 trip to Norway—they are all worn by the Amack and Barber Family.

When Les and Lois returned from Norway, Lois’s mom, Luella Lee Trinrud sewed and did all the hand-embroidery!

A little history: The female Gudbrandsdal formal bunad worn by Lois was designed by W. Johannessen, a painter, and his wife Anna, who was a seamstress, and was completed in 1923.  This costume was inspired by an old blue-green skirt with a polychrome flower motif, which is now on display at the Norsk Folkemuseum. The bunad is now made in blue, black, or white wool with floral embroidery. An apron is not commonly worn in Gudbrandsdal. The cap is of the same material with floral embroidery.  The blouse is of white linen or cotton with tatting on the collar and cuffs.  Two silver solje’s (brooches) close the blouse and silver cufflinks are used at the wrist.  Black stockings and black shoes with buckles are part of the costume.

The traditional bunad, worn by Karli, is also of wool and has a predominately red plaid bodice which is fastened to the pleated red and black striped skirt ((Rondaskakken).

The male Gudbrandsdal bunad is based on a wide selection of original garments and is the result of collaboration between the Gudbrandsdal Ungdomslag [Gudbrandsdal Young People’s Society], the Sandvigske Collections and the Lillehammer branch of Husfliden. It is available in several versions of trousers, waistcoat and jacket so as to meet the wearers’ wishes for some freedom of choice. A hat may also be worn.

The word “bunad” originally meant clothing—but it has come to designate the special festive regional outfits Norwegian men, women and children wear with great pride both across the sea in Norway and right here at home in America!
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Lisa Christopher Lisa Christopher

Lisa's bunad is from Hedmark County.

The skirt is in blue wool with narrow dark blue stripes and flower motifs embroidered in several colors of woolen yarn.  The vest is in red wool damask. The shirt is 100% linen.

This style was first created in 1935 by the Hedmark County Home Crafts Committee (Husflidkomite).  It was based on a late 18th century painting called "Girl from Hedemark".  Later in 1955 it was redesigned to this model.

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Elizabeth Fjortoft
The Lundeby Bunad- The Basics:
Colors: Black, dark blue, white.
Fabric: Woolen broadcloth with a cotton blouse.
Bodice: Woolen embroidery on front and back; two curved seams at the back. It is fastened with concealed hooks from the waist upward.
Purse: Embroidered; clasp of brass or silver.
Head-dress: The hat has the same- embroidery as the costume.
Shoes: Traditional black shoes with decorative buckles.
Skirt: Softly pleated with a band of embroidery toward the base of the hem.
Stockings: Black.
Jewelry: Special dress-silver has now been designed for this costume.
Outerwear: A jacket that is identical to the one used in Gudbrandsdalen.

(Credits – “Norwegian Folk Costumes” 1996)

Elizabeth Fjortoft - Solveig BenderElizabeth Fjortoft won her bunad at a Skjold Lodge Function in 1981 with a $1.00 raffle ticket. Her husband, Ed Fjortoft, was a long-time Skjold member. After winning the bunad, Elizabeth became interested and joined Skjold Lodge.

At that time she was performing dramatic interpretations of women in history while in costume. She thought this bunad would be perfect for a performance about Norwegian opera star Kirsten Flagstad, one of the greatest Wagnerian (dramatic) sopranos of the 20th century.

KaralenaElizabeth and KaralenaElizabeth with Granddaughter, Karalena, in 2005 Syttende Mai parade.

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Tordis Kaczmarek Tordis Kaczmarek
A "working" bunad.
Not all bunads are are “festive” bunads worn for special occasions as the more well known traditional Oslo bunad pictured in blue below.
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Tordis Kaczmarek, described her bunad as a “working” bunad which she purchased at Husfliden in Oslo.  This type of working bunad is known as a "stakk".

A stakk is a very simplified bunad, usually cut in a blouse and jumper style of cotton or fabric (originally) home loomed. This mimics the everyday dress of people in the 1800’s.  Norwegians sometimes call these outfits an everyday bunad or a summer bunad.  Some regions have “official” summer bunads. These are not cheap.  In 2007, the Gudbrandsdal rondestakk, the jumper styled bunad with the red plaid top and the checkered skirt cost $700 readymade off the rack at the Heimen Husfliden in Oslo. A stakk can also be any clothing that is reminiscent of 1800’s clothing, i.e., a skirt, vest, and blouse, or a simplified jumper bunad style worn as a uniform by waitresses, salesladies, and tour guides, etc. or as peasant dress for tourists.

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Lorraine Straw
Vest  - Front
VEST - Front

Vest  - Back
VEST - Back

Lorraine Straw
The Nordland Bunad


This bunad is made of blue wool. The skirt and bodice are made of the same fabric and color. The skirt is pleated in the front and finely pleated in the back with a band of floral wool embroidery at the hem. The bodice, which is attached to the skirt at the back and sides, has floral design wool embroidery on the front as well as on the back, and closes with pressed or engraved silver hooks.

The unattached purse is of the same color wool fabric as the skirt with similar wool floral embroidery on the front, closing with a silver clasp with a pressed floral design. The apron and shawl are made of blue and gold plaid mercerized cotton and the shawl has a knotted fringe. The shawl is worn tucked into the bodice.

The blouse is made of white linen with a band of white embroidery at the neck and cuffs. The silver jewelry is specific to this bunad and was designed by goldsmith Rørvik in Mosjøen.

 The sølje can be a small or large brooch, or both, in either oxidized or polished silver. The cufflinks are made of pewter with a pressed floral design.

Another version of the Nordland bunad is made of green wool.

Lorraine does not own the hat or the cape that are available.

Additional details:

The first Nordland bunad for women was presented at the Hålogaland Young People’s Society in 1928. The background information was gathered by a group from within the Society and was also designed by them. It was meant to be the formal costume for all of North-Norway. 


In the 1800s women from this area of Norway wore plain dresses for everyday life and silk dresses for formal occasions. When this bunad was designed the group wanted to get away from imported fabrics and to use traditional Norwegian fabrics.

The construction design was copied from a bride’s dress from Ravassåssen in Vefsn, and the embroidery on the bodice and hem of the skirt was copied from embroidery found on the fabric of a plastron (breastplate) and purse from Røyten in Vefsn. The apron pattern came from Hartfjelldal.

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Judy TorgersenJudy Torgersen

Judy’s Hardanger bunad was purchased by her mother in 1954 in Stavanger, Norway.  It consisted of the vest, insert, hat & belt.  The hat that goes with this bunad is only worn by young & unmarried girls. Through the years, the belt was lost and many blouses, aprons, & skirts have been made.  Judy commented that It has been fun putting this together.

Judy Torgersen - Cindy Stark
Inset:  Judy and daughter, Cyndi Stark.

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Ted Torgersen Ted Torgersen

Ted TorgersenTed’s Rogaland bunad was purchased “off the rack” in Sandnes, Norway, in 2001 (Bunads are usually custom  made).  It fits perfectly.  Judy and Ted only needed to supply the buttons, which they happened to have at home.  Through the years Ted received the hat, a red scarf & the knife (see inset) from his relatives to complete his bunad.

Notice the traditional solje jewelry as well.

Ted's knife Note the knife on Ted's left hip.  Ted received his knife with silver embelishments from friends in Norway.

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