Sweden: Swedish woman (Småland?)

Front view
Front view

General description: A woman in traditional costume possibly from Småland due to her style of headdress.

Dimensions 21 x 16 x 9 cm

Date when acquired 1985

Original Date 1985

Source A shop in Stockholm, Sweden



Made of plastic with movable limbs and eyes. Her shoulder-length white blonde hair is brushed back off her forehead and is rolled up at the ends.


Back view
Back view


Her wide long skirt is made of a lilac silk. The lower half of the skirt is stiffened with a light brownish facing material which is hemmed with white lace. Her striped apron (forklade) in orange, pink and green has two stripes of dark blue braid sewn onto the front dividing it into three panels. Her belt holding up both the skirt and apron is white braid with a zig-zag in brown. Her long-sleeved cotton blouse is made of lace with a collar and breast insert and cuffs made of white ribbon with a design of embroidered blue dots (this is now despoiled by brown blotches). Over the blouse is a green woollen bodice, though its colour has paled with age. At the front is a piece of golden braiding. Her underpants are made of the same material as her blouse but with golden fringing around the leg holes.

On her head is a loosely fitting headdress (huvudduk or klut) made of white tulle that loosely holds in her hair. The top of the cap is decorated with a piece of folded ribbon made of the same material as the cuffs and collar of the blouse.

Her low shoes are painted on.


Side view
Side view




Background information

Småland (Small Lands) is a historical province in southern Sweden. Its name comes from the fact that it was a combination of several independent lands: Aspeland, Finnveden, Handbörd, Kinda (today a part of East Gotland), Möre, Njudung, Sevede, Tjust, Tveta, Värend, Vedbo and Vista. Every small land had its own law in the Viking age and early Middle Ages and could declare themselves neutral in wars.


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