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Textile Tour to Norway with Sue Sutherland-Sept. 4-18, 2018


Textile Tour to Norway with Sue Sutherland

September 4-18, 2018

Registration Deadline: February 25, 2018

Join Sue Sutherland, owner of Bunad Butikken in Ely Minnesota, on a one-of-a-kind educational adventure to Norway in 2018! This tour will focus on the skill, artistry and history surrounding the Norwegian National Costume or bunad in the very environment it was created. Join Sue as she journeys around the eastern part of Norway and deep in to Telemark county to get behind the scenes of Norway’s beautiful national dress, steeped in history and symbolism. Travel the way Sue travels, lodging in beautiful Norwegian cabins in scenic mountain areas, sharing rooms and meals and even buying your own down comforter to use during the tour (optional). 

Along the way, you will meet teachers and people skilled in various crafts associated with bunads, such as silversmithing and bunad reconstruction techniques, as well personalized tours of museums with a focus on textiles and bunads. You will participate in two 2-day classes, learning how to sew a baptismal bonnet and embroider fingerless gloves, both taught by well-known women in the bunad world in Norway. You will conclude the tour with a day at Dyrsku’n, Norway’s largest agricultural fair and biggest handcraft competition.

Sue Sutherland studied apparel and textile design manufacturing and learned to make bunader from Thorbjorg Ugland and Molle Horn, both from Heimen Husflid in Oslo. For many years she embroidered bunader for Odden’s Norsk Husflid in Wisconsin, until she purchased the bunad part of their business in the mid-1990s. Since then she has been making bunader, teaching bunad courses, and offering authentic materials and accessories through her store, Bunad Butikken, in Ely, Minnesota. Sue has completed the 3-year “Bunad Opplæring” course in Norway, which meets the standards and requirements for working in the bunad industry there. She continues to study under some of the same teachers, learning various construction techniques and styles used on bunader from all of the areas of Norway.

Price Per Person Based on Shared Rooms: Approximately $3,865.00; Land Only: $2,865.00

Single Supplement (in Oslo hotel only, for 2 nights): $170.00

Tour Package Includes:

  • Transatlantic air on Icelandair Minneapolis (or other city) – Oslo, Oslo – Minneapolis (or other city), including air taxes and fuel in economy class unless land only. Meals are available for purchase on board.
  • Arrival transfers to/from airport in Oslo
  • Long distance motor coach and driver
  • Guide, Sue Sutherland for the duration of the trip
  • Thirteen nights lodging in comfortable, shared cabins/apartments (the price is based on sharing a room with 1 to 3 other people) or hotel room with 2 people.
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners (Most breakfasts, lunches and dinners will have the option to be shared among participants who contribute to making a group meal in the lodge. Sue’s husband, Jim, has volunteered to do the grocery shopping and help with meal planning and cooking. There are also restaurants located near most of the accommodations.)
  • Entrance and tour of the Norwegian Institute for Bunad and Folk Costumes
  • Entrance to and tour of Hadeland Glassverk
  • Entrance to and tour of Maihaugen Outdoor Museum
  • Entrance to and tour of Telespinn Spinneri
  • Tour of Gudbrandsdals Uldvarefabrikk
  • Entrance to Dyrsku’n Agricultural Fair
  • Two 2-day classes: “Embroidering Fingerless Gloves”/“Sewing a Baptismal Bonnet” (materials not included)

Not Included:

  • Tips to drivers and or guides (local guides only)
  • Items of a personal nature including laundry, liquor, room service, beverages, items not included in the tour, luggage handling at hotels and airports
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Public transportation in Oslo or cable car in Rjukan
  • Materials for classes (from $65 to $200 depending on selections)
  • Sheets, comforters and towels for duration of the tour if you don’t purchase or bring your own (around $14 per location)
  • Trip Cancellation, Medical and Interruption Insurance
  • We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance before leaving the US. You may at times be away from roads and medical facilities. Minor injuries could become expensive if you need help getting to a doctor or hospital. Unused accommodations and other costs are contracted far in advance and are not refundable when cancelled at a late date. Check your own health and homeowner's policy to learn what they cover, and then check and compare different travel insurance companies.

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