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Traditional Icelandic Embroidery

Traditional Icelandic Embroidery

By Elsa E. Gudjonsson

Reykjavik Icelandic Review (1982)

Introduction: The collections of the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik, containing objects of cultural and historical significance from all periods of the country’s history, include the group of domestically produced embroideries to be discussed here. A thorough examination is not possible within the limits of a short article; in addition, detailed studies of many of the embroideries have yet to be undertaken. An attempt will be made, however, to describe the most typical work wrought during the past centuries by Icelandic needlewomen, who, apparently taking great delight in their craft, produced embroideries intended to enhance not only the churches, but their homes and dress as well.

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