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The Norwegian bunad is a traditional costume worn on special occasions such as confirmations, graduations, weddings, and Norway's National Day – Syttende mai or May 17th, when parades of people in bunadan celebrate throughout the country.

Bunadan are based on the old folk costumes of farming societies in Norway. Every region has its own unique design with embroidery, colors and patterns differing from village to village so that each person's bunad becomes an indication and celebration of the region they are from.

An everyday bunad is typically made of sturdy cotton fabric and children's are cl...

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