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Swedish Patterns

March 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Does a pattern strike you as being “Swedish”? Today, many think of snowflakes knitted into a sweater, hat or mittens as being so Scandinavian, but patterns and our perceptions of what is Swedish have changed over time.

Where did these patterns, especially in clothing, come from? Folk costumes were actually clothing of the day, with motifs and designs used for decorative purposes. Just like today, you wanted the newest, prettiest or most unique item. How and where did you get it – buy it or make it, local or import. What’s new becomes old and what’s old become new. Explore the fascinating story of evolving Swedish patterns influenced by the far east, trade and money.

Linda Westergren-Muhr has been doing extensive research on Swedish folk costumes since 1973. In 1983, she started her own business Scan-Dräkt, making and restoring traditional Scandinavian folk costumes. Workshops, presentations and interactive hands on courses are also offered, as are appraisals and consultations. She has been a speaker for various organizations in the Midwest.


March 2, 2019
3:00 pm


Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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