The most common “bunad” today.

This is the most worn "bunad" in recent time.  It dates back to the 1850 and is a further development of the “korttrøye kledu” (suit with a short jacket).  In the older days the shirt and waistcoat were exceptionally short, and the trousers were extended from the waist up to compensate for this. Recently the jacket and waistcoat are made longer and the trousers have developed a more normal shape. They still call it “korttrøye kledu” (short jacket suit) even if the jacket is longer.  The bunad can be worn with long trousers or knee length trousers.  Throughout times the “bunad” has been influenced by fashion, around 1970 the trouser leg was quite tight with flares.   Now it has a more comfortable fit. The jacket was made form “vadmel” a thick woolen cloth, it’s now made from “drape” a thinner and more user friendly cloth.  It has black ornamental stitching at the bottom. The collar is made from velvet and folded down, so are the lapels but made in normal cloth. The jacket has a row of silver buttons on either side of the opening, but no buttonholes.  It should be worn open. On the bottom of the sleeves are ornamental stitching in black and also a silk band. Two or three silver buttons on either sleeve.    
The front of the waistcoat is made from the same cloth as the jacket, the back is made from silk or cotton. The lapels are folded down and fastened with a small button on either side.  The waistcoat is double breasted with two rows of silver buttons, slightly smaller then those on the jacket.  Two pockets on either side.
The trousers are black and of the same cloth as the jacket and waistcoat, either knee length or long.  The long trousers are worn for best and everyday, the knee length trousers for celebrations.  These days the trousers have a buttoned fly.  In the olden days the trousers were made from thicker cloth and had a square at the front that could be folded down, buttoned at the front and at the sides. These trousers were called “lemmebrok”.  The knee length trousers have silver buttons or a buckle by the knee.  Braces were worn to keep the trousers up.
Various kinds of hats or caps have been worn throughout the years, even top hats.  Ola Perstølen’s grandfather had a special hat, this has been copied and this is the hat they usually wear today.  We will come back to the accessories like socks, bands to keep the socks up, necktie, shirt, ornamental cuffs, knives, watches and other silver ware.

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