I decided to stick to the Sweden-theme for a little bit longer. So this week’s Photos from A to Z is dedicated to the Dalahästen – the Dalecarlian Horse or Dala Horse.
This cute little wooden horse comes from the oldest carving company making the Dalahästen – the Grannas Olsson workshop. Apparently it takes 9(!) different people to make a single horse.
The origin of the Dala Horse lies in the province of Dalarna, where I was visiting my best friend.
In the old days, the horse was invaluable – being a hard worker at the farm – but nowadays it’s also a symbol for the Kingdom of Sweden.
It is said that the forerunner of this wooden carving used to be a toy for children – old versions date back to 1624, being cut from a single piece of pine wood using simple tools.
The characteristic pattern is about 150 years old. It is painted using a style known as Kurbits, which is a technique using two colours of paint on the same brush.
Some of the most typical colours used for the horse are bright red-orange or black. I figured orange matched my living room very nicely 😉