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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Dala Horse

Thanks to QuiltQuints
I discovered the Dala Horse thanks to my son's Swedish girlfriend, to my trip to Sweden and to the great many times this tiny colourful horse turned up in all things Swedish. This horse represents small carved wooden horses which were actually toys created for small children in Sweden. A legend says that the first Dala Horse toy was created some time in the early 1700s during a war. A hungry soldier asked a family for food and in return he created a little wooden horse as a thank you. For every meal, he would make a horse.....Such a sweet story isn't it? Now the Dala Horse is part and parcel of Swedish tradition and you see this form on so many lovely items. I picked some of the best I could find to share with you....


Thanks to designbirdie


Thanks to QuiltwhinnyTrails


5 comments:

Jessica Cangiano said...

Dala horses are so wonderfully charming. Prior to Pinterest I'd only seen a few here and there over the years, but since I joined I've seen oodles there and am now really yearning for one of my own.

Thank you very much for your lovely comment on my post about storing vintage gloves today. How exciting that you're planning on selling scarves on etsy - be sure to keep me in the loop with how that's going and if you want to do a giveaway.

♥ Jessica

The Quiltwhinny said...

What a wonderful collection of Dala Horses. So enjoyed reading the history. I used the Dala Horse ribbon and red/blue paisley fabric to decorate kitchen towels, included a bit of history of the Dala horse and sent it to family members last Christmas. I thought it would be a great way to introduce the younger members of the family to a bit of Swedish tradition.

. said...

>Nice photo,a perfect photo can tell a total histry this photo is consists in what a photo can tell you without any words!kunsthandel

HOMES said...

Beautiful works.
Congratulations

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

And Ulla-Marie from a village near the birthvillage of Dala-horses like this post a lot :-)