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.