Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Icelandic woman in traditional attire (1836)

The person depicted is Sigríður Ólafsdóttir, daughter of the poetess Rósa Guðmundsdóttir (Vatnsenda-Rósa). Over her blouse (skyrta) she wears a vest or sleeveless jacket (upphlutur), with a kerchief (hálsklútur) round her neck. On her head is a skotthúfa, a black knitted cap (húfa), narrowing to a tippet (skott); affixed to the end of the latter is a small tubular collar or socket (hólkur) from which emerge the threads of a colored tassel (skúfur). The sketch or painting upon which this lithograph is based was made in 1836 during Paul Gaimard's expedition to Iceland.

This type of the national costume is the most common today.

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