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ANCIENT FINNISH
COSTUMES

by Pirkko-Liisa Lehtosalo-Hilander

This is the story of Finnish ancient dresses, of dress
fragments found in graves and of costumes made
according to them. These costumes have become the
festal garments of many Finnish women, but only
few know the history of them.
These dresses are not national costumes although
they have often been confused with them. National
costumes are copied or constructed according to the
peasant dresses of the 18th and 19th centuries. The
costumes we are studying now are more or less
scientific reconstructions of much older garments
deriving from the Viking Age and centuries
following.
Their story, however, is closely linked with the
history of Finnish national costumes, and also with
that of »Kalevala», the Finnish national epic.
Therefore there is every reason to tell it now, on the
eve of the 150th anniversary of »Kalevala».

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