This National costume is based on the dress traditions in Øvre Numeral (Upper Numedal), in Norway during the second half of the 1800s. The dress gets its name from the stiffened and wavy hem in the waist of the dress, which isn't pictured in this painting.
This type of costume is highly customisable with choice of ribbons and patterns, and of course the colours of these which the wearer can choose. This one is based on the costume of a friend of mine, who actually got married in her beautiful national costume.
National costumes are quite common in Norway, and usually worn for special occasions, such as christenings, confirmations, weddings, or for the National day (17th of May), and some even wear it at Christmas eve. It is seen as the nicest piece of clothing a Norwegian can have, which is why it is seen when people are in the attendance of royalty, and some get married in their national costumes.
Artist and illustrator based in Norway, who loves to create imagery with limited colour palettes.
Get in touch if you're after a different print, or a custom image: https://birgittejohnsen.com/about/#contact.
My work is also available on apparel: https://www.teepublic.com/user/iambirgitte
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.