The textile tradition and folk costumes of Scandinavia

The textile tradition and folk costumes of Scandinavia are the topics of the books released by Duran Publishing. This relatively new and small publishing company has released the series Scandinavian Folklore, and four more are in the making. The books are made by Laila Durán in cooperation with museums and private collectors and are intended as a popular description and inspiration to anyone interested in Scandinavian textiles and folk costumes.

Scandinavian Folklore
Vol. I and Vol. II

Scandinavian Folklore Vol. I (2011)
ISBN 978-91-633-8318-2
Scandinavian Folklore Vol. II (2012)
ISBN 978-91-633-8316-8
Scandinavian Folklore Vol. III (2013)
ISBN 978-91-980785-0-3 

Scandinavian Folklore
Vol. III

The next book in the series Scandinavian Folklore is Vol. III. During the journeys from the arctic north and the Sami culture, to the shores of Norwegian Sørlandet and Swedish Scania, photographer Laila Durán brings you more of the great variation of bunads and folk costume tradition that are still very much alive today. With emphasis on the everyday life, handy craft and the local textile traditions she brings you yet another volume with more than 600 spectacular photos.
Text and photo Laila Durán.
In english, swedish and norwegian.

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Laila Durán and the presenter Camilla Forsén-Ström, in an episode of the tv-series STRÖMSÖ, talking about the work of making the books Scandinavian Folklore.


New book!

Bunader og tradisjoner fra Setesdal
Format: 24x32 cm, 186 sidor
ISBN 978-91-980785-3-4 

This book is about the traditions and bunads of Setesdal in Norway - the traditional costumes which have been developed from the old folk costumes. We meet people from Bykle, Valle and Bygland, dressed in their festive bunads, but also look back and see how people dressed in the past. The book shows hundreds of photos, taken throughout the year, following the seasons and work on the farms.
With emphasis on everyday life, handy craft and the lokal textile tradition you will meet people in every stage of life. We see the bunads used at celebrations such as baptism, confirmation and weddings, and as everyday attire while people are working with haying, or spinning and weaving.

the most popular bunads in Norway

Populære Bunader. (Release in March).
Size: 15x21 cm, 66 pages. 

With focus on the festive bunads made in the early 1900s, photographer and author Laila Durán presents more than thirty bunads from all over the country. The book is intended as an introduction to some of the most popular bunads in Norway. There are 100 colourful photographs and short historical summaries from areas in which folk costumes developed in an unbroken tradition to become bunads. Also included are embroidered bunads, the designs for which were inspired by old garments and objects.

Text and photo by Laila Durán.
Text in norwegian and english.


Releases in 2015

In the last part of the book, the work presented to Norsk Ordbok, The Norwegian Dictionary, in the 1920s by the teacher Bergit K.Rike, is presented. Her bunad dressed doll, bunad garments and the wooden horse, give us an understanding of the traditional words and -expressions, used in the core area of the Setesdal bunad tradition, Valle.
The book is intended as a popular description and inspiration to anyone interested in bunads and old traditions from Setesdal.

The book is made by Laila Durán in cooperation with Setesdalsmuseet and Norsk Ordbok 2014.

Releases in 2016

Kronbruden (The Crowned Bride) is a book about the bride and wedding traditions of Norway and Sweden, and it is intended as inspiration to anyone wanting to add a touch of the past to their own wedding. Today more and more people choose to get married and many seek inspiration in the colorful and spectacular brides of the past. This book is a "coffe-table-book" with hundreds of photos of the most luxurious, colorful and exotic traditional brides of Scandinavia. A bonanza of richness from an area, long before anyone heard the expression; "less is more".

Text and photo: Laila Durán.
Text in english, swedish and norwegian.