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  • Date 1800-1830
  • Place of Origin Aga, Hardanger, Hordaland, Norway
  • Creator Unknown

This hand covering, or handaklede, is made of natural linen. Two-thirds of the piece is covered in very fine blackwork embroidery (cross stitch primarily) in diamond patterns. The lace border is possibly machine-made.

handaklede was worn by the bride during the marriage ceremony. The custom goes back to when a priest would cover the right hands of a couple to protect the marriage from evil powers.

  • Materials Linen
  • Dimensions length: 21.6 inches; width: 18.5 inches
  • Identifier / Source 1985.103.025 - Gift of Sigrid O. Melloh