There is evidence that national costumes have been worn in Sweden since the 17th century.
All over the country costumes with local characteristics were worn by the farmers and peasants until the middle of the 19th century.
There could be several variations of one costume in the same village. Dress for festive occasions differed from the every-day garments.
The provinces of Scania and Dalecaria were the richest in variations of regional dress.
They are represented in the stamps by a woman from western. Gonge and a young girl from Mora respectively. Both are in church dress.
The apparel would always show whether a woman was married or single, either in variation of hair style or head dress. Especially, a married woman was not to show her hair.
In most parts of Sweden the outer garment for a woman was a jersey that come down to her waist.
The women from Osterker is holding a child in her arms ready to carry it to the christening font. The bible-reading woman comes from Ljusdal and she is dressed for church.
Brooches were an important part of the costume. The one in the 90-one stamp come from the province of Jamtland and the cross in the 1.30kr stamp comes from the province of Smaland.
Day of issue: 15 November 1979
Value: 90dre; 1.30kr
Artists: J.W.Wallander, Otto Wallgren
Engravers: Majvor Franzein-Matthews, Martin Morck
Photos: The Nordic Museum
Printing Process: Recess, Photogravure
Printed at: The Post Office Stamp
Printing work: Joh Enschede en Zonen, Holland