Day 4 – and D stands for “Dalahästen”
The “Dalecarlian horse”
“There is something about the outside of a horse,
that is good for the inside of a man. “
The trademark of Sweden !!!! We sell more horses – than Paris sells towers.
The horse is hand carved and it has reference back nearly 380years to 1623.
It was in county Dalarna (Dala) – where is the small horse was born – in front of the log fires during the long winter nights. Using simple tools, generally only knife – woodcarvers made toys for their children. Only natural that many of theses toys where houses, because the horse was invaluable – a trusted friend and a hard worker pulling great loads of timber during winter – for farming in spring and summer.
1922, 26 years old started Grannas Anders Olsson of business in the family bakery. Anders was the eldest of nine siblings, and Nils and Janne Olsson was at the business start – 9 and 7 years old. It happened that at the end of the day helping his older brother. 1928they founded Nils Olsson Handicrafts – and they still do them – now called Grannas A. Ohlssson Hemslöjd AB.
The biggest “Dalahästa” you find outside Alvesta, Sweden – 16 meters (15.5 ft) high and the smallest ever made is 3,4 mm (0.1339inch) high x 2,2 mm (0.0866inch) long. There is also big horse in Cloquet, Minnesota.
The “Dalahäst” has been on tour too – World’s Expo in Paris 1937 and World’s Fair in New York 1939 – and after that the production of the horse started to take off and became our countries trademark.
Today, Nusnäs is the centre of Dala horse production with the most famous being the Nils Olsson and Grannas Olsson workshops. Grannas A. Olssons Hemslöjd AB, founded in 1922, is the oldest company which still makes Dalecarlian horses. Nils Olssons Hemslöjd is almost as old. The horses made at these workshops share the same familiar pattern which most people associate to Dala horses.
Apart from these, in limited editions also old-style horses are hand-carved and painted to replicate the style of the antique horses found in Swedish museums or held in private family collections. These are numbered and signed, so that they cannot be confused with an original early Dala horse.
Today there is more animals added to the “family”; pigs and rosters – made in the same traditional way and hand painted – also the color combinations has become wider, but the pattern is the same. The traditional color is red and the most popular still.
‘Photo’s provided by; stillbild.nu/fotosida.se/en.wikipedia.org/trolltyg.se/nohemslojd.se