The Norwegian traditional costume, also known as “Bunad”, is a striking outfit for special occasions. There’s also bunad for children, which are truly stunning, fairytale creations.
The bunad today would be used in weddings, constitution day and other special events. The design is specific for areas, and you should wear the costume from where your family is originating. The bunad with all the gold and silver accessories is an expensive outfit and would traditionally be given to the youth on his or hers confirmation day at age 15. Available to order from local costume makers as well as Husfliden. There’s also bunad for children, but many tend to have a “stakk” made which is a simpler and less expensive version of the bunad. And some families are fortunate to have children’s costumes that has been handed down for generations.
Bunad is not the only traditional costume in Norway. Even with a greater history is the Sami costume, also known as “kofte”, with the Sami history dating back to 10.000 B.C. Below is a picture of little Ingrid, a Nomad Sami Child, dating back to early 1900’s. See more photos of the Sami people at the samiblog’s Flicker archive
8 thoughts on “Bunad – Norwegian Traditional Costumes for children”
I have been collecting traditional-type fabrics for Scandinavian folk wear for too long. Now my eyes are making sewing more difficult than it used to be. I am looking to sell fabric pieces and other accessories for very reasonable prices. I have a collection of white blouses for infants and toddlers and a few for older children. I have cotton yarn-dyed stripes, plaids and solids, also white cotton plain and jacquard for blouses, wool plaids. I have pleated wool skirts that can be easily made into Hallingsdal bunads for girls. I have many scarves, trims and silver pieces both real silver and silver-tone. There are some cotton knits in nordic patterns.
Have you tried Totally Swedish to see if they can help? Otherwise, online shopping… Ebay and Google? x
Hi! My daughters school is celebrating international day and her class has Sweden. We would love to dress the kids in a traditional style, but I’m having trouble finding outfits for boys and girls ages 15 months- 2 years old. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Hi Linda. We have bought ours from http://www.bunadstua.com/ as well as http://www.norskflid.no/ Hope this helps! Best, Bianca x
Would like to know where I could get a long sleeve white shirt for a norwegian costume. Thank you
We are looking for someone who has Bunads for 2-4 yr. olds. Would like to have them already made, ready to wear. Please respond. Thank you.