Shirts on the other sida

Shirts on the other sida

Seventeenth-century garments hidden behind valley paintings.



In 2016, Dalarna's museum was able to call in a valley - painted interior from Ingridsgården in the village of Hagen, Dala-Floda through Dalarnas Försäkringsbolags Kulturstiftelse. The valley paintings were made in 1815 and are the only ones preserved after the otherwise unknown toy painter AES (probably Anders Ersson).

These unusual painted wall panels are made by an experienced painter and show a sense of both color and shape. However, there is another side of the coin, or in this case the weave!

The valley paintings are painted on textile and when we turned them over we could see that the surface they were painted on is possibly even more important than the painting itself: on the back it was clear that the paintings were made on sewn and well-used 1700th century cut garments, a very unusual insight in everyday clothes from older times in the Swedish countryside.

No fewer than nine, possibly ten, shirts have been identified and based on these, one has been reconstructed and sewn up.

For the exhibition, they have also produced a booklet with history, patterns and sewing descriptions for the reconstructed shirt. Available for purchase in the museum shop.