Gaynor Fryer asked me to make a wooden doll in a Norwegian costume for a miniaturist friend, Signe Alverstein, who lives in the Troms region of Norway. I made the above wooden doll which is approximately one inch tall. Signe was very pleased with her doll and wrote:
"You can imagine my surprise when I saw what Gaynor had sent me! The doll is beautiful, and I have never seen such a tiny one dressed in a 'bunad, the traditional Norwegian dress. There are so many different bunads, depending on the origin (which area of Norway), probably hundreds if I count all the variations. Receiving a doll wearing a Tromsbunad, exactly like my own, was quite unbelievable! The bunad I own is made by my mom. It is a 'simple' dress compared to many of the others, no embroideries, because in this part of the country there were mostly hard working peasants and fishermen. No time for 'luxury' hobbies like embroidery. The vest is made of beautiful brocade, and the scarf is silk, the fabric was traditionally traded. The skirt is heavy wool. The silver is also made in a rougher style than many of the others. Just so you know a little background info on the bunad you made.
Thank you so much for making this precious little doll for me! And yes, you can of course use the photo of me that I sent Gaynor."