Hardanger embroidery

This world known embroidery has its origin in the Hardanger district.

At the exhibition you may see work from the 18th, 19th and 20th century, prize winning hardanger aprons, and new work from Japan and Ghana.

The origion of the cutwork tecnique may be Italian renessaince reticella embroidery. Most likely copies of patterns have reaced the Hardanger district sometime during the 17th century. It became an important element on shirts and aprons used for the traditional Hardanger costume.

During the national romantic period this costume gained national status. Along with tourism the handwork by this was spread to Europe and other parts of the world. Today Hardanger embroidery (most known as Hardanger) i sewn all over the world.


Additional pictures

  • Kaps med tettsaum på kragen og hardangersaum på bringelisten, foto: Silje Solvi
  • Detalj av gamal forklebord i hardangersaum. Saumen er sydd direkte i forkle, ikkje innfelt slik det er vanleg no, foto: Elisabeth Emmerhoff
  • Hardangersaumduk, foto: Silje Solvi
  • Hardangersaumduk, foto: Silje Solvi
  • På 1900-talet vart det vanleg å nytta hardangersaum til innreiingstekstil som dukar, putevar og løparar, foto: Silje Solvi