Card no 525 - Monica
Folk costume from Järvsö, Sweden
Country Card Sent From: Sweden
Place that Card Sender Lives: Borås
Date Received: 29th April 2013
Distance Travelled: 695 miles
Time Taken: 6 days
Monica has recently been to an exhibition of photos of Laila Durán who has just brought out another book based on a year travelling in Scandinavia. The journeys from Sápmi in the north to Scania and Sørlandet in the south have offered unforgettable meetings with people who uphold their textile heritage and traditions. All over Scandinavia there is a vivid interest in folk costumes, bunads and regional costumes. Laila Durán has cooperated with museums but has also been invited to private homes, documenting the costume traditions during both feasts and in everyday life.
Laila Durán has a marvellous blog for anyone interested in folk costume and textiles.
The "riksäpplet", the coronation orb of King Erik XIV of Sweden, still kept in the Royal Treasury, was originally made in 1561 by Dutch craftsman Cornelius ver Weiden, but apparently its world map decoration was added by Frantz Beijer of Antwerp in 1568 (the year Erik was deposed) probably using information from one of the great local cartographers such as Ortelius - or rather, using second-hand Italian information which the likes of Ortelius were borrowing as a basis for their work.