30 Jun 2011

Dala horses & kurbits patterns

3 Comments Typically Swedish

A very well known symbol for Sweden and one of the most popular souvenirs is the Dala Horse (or Dalecarlian Horse). It’s a hand crafted wooden horse painted with a traditional flower saddle, a so called kurbits pattern. The name comes from its home province, Dalarna, in central Sweden. Most popular are the red-orange horses from the little village of Nusnäs near Mora but they’re also available in range of different colours nowadays.Skills for creating the Dala Horse have been passed from generation to generation and today it is one of the few living folk traditions of Sweden. Men of the village carve the horses at home, bringing them back to the main workshop to be painted by skilled artists there.

The kurbits pattern has become quite popular again and it can be found on everything from wall decals, porcelain, shoes and clothes to longboards.

How many of you expat Swedes have a Dala Horse at home reminding you of Sweden?

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3 Responses to “Dala horses & kurbits patterns”

  1. Reply Boel says:

    Jag har en dalahast hemma som jag kopte pa marknad i sverige forra aret.

    Funderade pa haromdagen om dalahastar ar nagot mest utlandssvenskar har, eller om dem fortfarande ar vanliga hemma i sverige.. vad vet jag. kanns som en sadan grej man koper nar man blivit dubbelt sa sverige-kar efter att ha bott utomlands for lange 😉

  2. Reply Anna - Swaussie says:

    Min teori är just sådan att man köper en när man flyttar från Sverige när man väcker lite extra kärlek för hemlandet. Jag äger ingen och skulle nog inte köpa någon här hemma men skulle mycket väl kunna köpa en när jag flyttar till Oz. 🙂

  3. Reply Sofia says:

    Vi har tom en hel stol klädd i dalahäst tyg =) Men jag håller med dig, det är nog en sån sak man köper med sig om man lämnar landet eller som ens morföräldrar fått i present någon gång.

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