• 24Jan
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    Nåsdräkten literally means, “the dress from Nås.

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    Nås is the village in Dalarna, Sweden where my ancestors lived.

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    Each village, or parish, had its own costume…

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    …with its own distinct components, like the style of this bodice.

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    Or the cut of the scarf.

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    Many, like the Nås dress, have tatting on the blouse.

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    There are variations within the parish, like these neckerchiefs.

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    They are still stitched by hand.

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    The wool skirt sometimes has a red band…

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    …and always has a crocheted edge,

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    although there are many designs for the crochet!

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    The apron also has many variations.  Some designs were specific for certain holidays, feast days, weddings, etc.

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    There is a cap which is tied under the chin, on the left side.

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    Only married women have lace on their caps.

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    Here’s a cap that is made completely from crochet.

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    The purse is beautifully embroidered and worn half hidden by the apron–a sign of modesty.

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    I was honored when my Swedish relatives had a Nåsdräkt made for me in 1984.

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    The man’s frock coat can be white…

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    …or black.

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    Photo credits:

    folklorefashion.durantextiles.com

    margaretajonth.com

    sverigesfolkdrakter.se

    You can see more photos on my Pinterest board devoted to the Nas dress and fin direct links to the original websites for the photos.  http://pinterest.com/karenannalena/swedish-nasdrakt/

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