Sewing Past to Present

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A collaboration stitched together by friendship and creativity is coming to life in Lindsborg (see video). 

Tara Killingsworth, owner of the Ivory Thimble, and Scandinavian folk artist Carla Wilson teamed up to make the official Lindsborg Swedish folk costume.

Through research, word of mouth and public feedback from social media, the duo has now designed full-scale patterns for men's, women’s and children’s costumes in Little Sweden. The plans are uniquely linked to Lindsborg’s Swedish ancestors.

“This is not a money maker,” Wilson said. “We are doing this because we think it’s a great project.” 

The cost of mass producing the simple-to-sew patterns, however, is an expensive endeavor that hovers around $20,000. Wilson added, “No one is going to buy a pattern for $100, which would just allow us to break even.” 

The next step is to find funding to help defray those initial costs so everyone can afford the patterns. “It’s a great addition to keeping our heritage alive in Lindsborg,” she said.

For more information on the project, visit https://www.gofundme.com/lindsborg-svensk-folkdrakt.

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