The Nordic Heritage Museum shares Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences, and serving as a community gathering place.
Getting dressed is an everyday experience, for everyone, all over the world. Different styles of clothing express different kinds of identities. Clothes communicate senses of belonging. What does it mean to dress Swedish? How has this Swedishness developed over time? Folk costumes have become symbols for a nation, and also signal affinity for a specific region. But what does such symbolic Swedishness include? What does it not include?
What happens when textile expressions associated with a specific identity and a particular nation migrates? A new Swedishness has taken shape in America, and a new Swedishness is forming in Sweden. Wearing a folk costume has been a tradition, although now it is becoming more individualized and politicized.
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