Bunad Show tells stories of Nordic heritage

Published: Sep. 29, 2023 at 5:29 PM CDT
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MINOT, N.D (KMOT) - Høstfest has a lot of shows, but this fashion show does a lot more than show off pretty clothes.

The bunad, sometimes referred to as life dress, is worn throughout its owner’s lifetime and can explain a lot about how the person lived.

Each type of bunad in this show came from a different region of the Nordic countries.

Dr. Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music at Linfield University, is emceeing the show for the second year in a row.

She explained what some of the accessories represent and how they ended up in the wearer’s possession.

“My mother’s mother’s mother came from north of Norway, which is the traditional dress that I’m wearing now,” said Paddock.

She invited attendees to wear their national bunad dress.

Another Bunad Show is at 11:15 a.m. in Oslo Hall on Saturday.