Visiting Sweden was so meaningful for me. Before this I didn't know anything about my European ancestors who all immigrated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I became interested in Swedish culture which, of course, includes the traditional clothing called folkdräk.
I wrote a blog about this three years ago. Click here to read it.
Surprisingly that blog is still read A LOT! And I still get occasional comments and questions. So, when a woman wrote in a about a week ago asking about the little purses that are worn at the waist, I went straight to Carina to see if she could help me out.
This is the "bag" ...part of national-dräkten of Sweden which was given to me by my father Eric-Olof's sister Henny. Faster Henny had the costume made when Silvia became Queen of Sweden. Since she grew up in Germany, Silva had no home province (each of Sweden's 25 provinces has a distinct folkdräkt and tradition suggests you wear your home "dräkt"), hence the beautiful dräkt was created for her to symbolize the beauty and strength of Sweden. Blue and yellow (sky and sun ... same colors as the flag), daisies, and gorgeous handiwork in the accessories.
So, thank you Carina and sister.
And I hope the 4-H leader who wanted to learn about these bags reads this blog!
I'm taking a break for the rest of June. See you all in July.