Vintage photos | the folk costumes | Norway

Some vintage photos - and more to come.
Beautiful embroidery. A folk costume blouse (female) from Sauherad, Telemark, Norway. From before 1879 - made from linen and wool. | Photo: Anne-Lise Reinsfelt Norsk Folkemuseum - digitaltmuseum.no NF.1992-2490 - cc by-sa.

A folk costume blouse

Beautiful embroidery. A folk costume blouse (female) from Sauherad, Telemark, Norway. From before 1879 – made from linen and wool.

Photo: Anne-Lise Reinsfelt Norsk Folkemuseum – digitaltmuseum.no NF.1992-2490 – cc by-sa.

On their way to church

Four girls in their folk costumes from Setesdal. The photo is hand-coloured and taken in 1934 – somewhere in Aust-Agder, Norway.

On their way to church. Four girls in their folk costumes from Setesdal. The photo is hand-coloured and taken in 1934 - somewhere in Aust-Agder, Norway. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00067 - cc by.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00067 – cc by.

Norwegian folk costume from Setesdal, Agder

Mouth-harp-maker and musician Mikkjel Kåvenes (1872-1939), posing in his folk costume from Setesdal, Agder, Norway in 1934. Hand-coloured photo.

Mouth-harp-maker and musician Mikkjel Kåvenes (1872-1939), posing in his folk costume from Setesdal, Agder, Norway in 1934. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00232 - CC BY.

Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00232 – CC BY.

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