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Monday, May 02, 2005 AD

A little short history on the Dala Horse...

...and some highlights:

...Dala Horses from the Nusnäs-Mora area first appeared with their familiar bright decoration in the 1800's when the kurbit, or flower patterned saddle, was regularly added to them. This design comes from the Biblical story in which Jonah sat outside the city of Ninevah and the Lord caused a Kurbit, or gourd vine, to grow up beside him to protect him from the desert sun.

...Most Nusnäs-Mora Dala Horses are the traditional reddish color, but the same workshops also produce blue, black and natural horses.

...Dala Horse was selected as its symbol of identity with Swedish customs. The practice of using a Dala Horse-shaped plaque at the entry of homes, bearing the address or family surname, was begun in Lindsborg by local artists in the early 1960's. Today the Dala Horse is recognized as an unofficial symbol of Sweden throughout Swedish-America.


Thanks to the Hemslojd for the info. BTW, the mini-dala horse avatar pic links to the Augustana.

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1 Comments:

  • Now that's an interesting history! Thanks for posting it -- I always wondered what the deal was with dala horses.

    By Blogger Twylah, at 5/05/2005 8:54 PM  

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