Queer folk dress

Traditional garments such as the bunad, the kofte and other folk costumes carry messages about where the wearer comes from and what they stand for, but they can also be worn in the quest for acceptance and inclusion.

Many Norwegians feel a close attachment to folk costumes like the bunad and the kofte. These traditional garments can generate a strong sense of belonging, but also of alienation. They carry messages about where the wearer comes from and what they stand for, but they can also be worn in the quest for acceptance and inclusion.

Given the strength of costume traditions, it can hard to remember that these garments were once seen as radical and political. For many, they still are. How did the colours, the styles and their norms of use come about? And how do the traditions of folk costumes, of the kofte and the bunad, survive and evolve in the current social and political landscape?

In collaboration with other museums and institutions in Norway, the National Museum is taking a long close look at the craftsmanship and history of these garments. Over the next few years, six artists will engage in dialogue with traditional craftspeople and knowledge bearers, and create their own statements.

Exhibition opening 6th of oktober at 5 p.m
Exhibition period 06.10 – 02.11


PROGRAM FRIDAY 6th of October

17:00 Official opening of the art exhibition Skakke folkedrakter
Speeches, music, artistic features and light refreshments
Guovdageainnu Gilišillju

17:30 Vuogas Dutnje
Performance with Dávvet Bruun-Solbakk and Anna-Stina Svakko
Guovdageainnu Gilišilju

19:30 Art Crawl
Walking from Gilišilju to Dáiddádallu’s new premises. Artist conversation about the work outside the municipal building with Marat Anne Sara

20:00-22:00 Offisiell åpning av Dáiddádallu ’s nye lokaler
Speeches, artistic features and art exhibition

22:00 – 03:00 Runway Club Night (18+)
Runway workshop

DJ Petra Laiti & Dj Donna
Competition ‘Best dressed’ with prize Juhls Pride risk, value NOK 10,000 Judges Iris Aastad, Dávvet Bruun-Solbakk and Anna-Stina Svakko
Thon Hotell Kautokeino


PROGRAM SATURDAY 7th of October 

12:00 – 18:00 Exhibition Skakke folkedrakter
Guovdageainnu Gilišilju

12:00 – 16:00 Cake party and duodji workshop for the whole family
Braiding workshop for everyone, with cake, coffee and soft drinks served.

14:00 – 14:45 Artist conversation
Conversation with artists from the exhibition Márjá Karlsen and Christian Blandhoel. Moderator: Exhibition curator, Maja Musum

15:00 – 15:45 Traditions and Innovation
Conversatino with Anna-Stina Svakko, Christian Blandhoel and Iris Aastad.

17:00 – 21:00 Exhibition at Dáiddadállu
Exhibition for everyone.

18:00 – 18:45 Sound cinema
Dáiddádallu podcast about ‘Indigenous fashion and language patterns’.

19:00 – 20:00 Artist conversation
Conversation with Máret Ánne Sara and Márjá Karlsen
Moderator: Sajje Solbakk