*The giveaway has ended but you can still see some pictures from the Nusnäs factory below.*
On my journey to visiting the Swedish summer farms, I couldn’t resist stopping at the famous dalahäst-factory at Nusnäs.
Of course, I couldn’t resist bringing this little fellow with me — and now it is looking for a new home! Maybe yours?
How to Enter the Givaway *THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED* Comment on this blog post and let me of your relationship to this red little horse. Do you have one? Collect them? Can’t stand them but want one for a friend? One sentence is enough! But if you want to, feel free to let us all know more. Subscribe to the email list below. This competition is only for Swedish Spoon’s email subscribers. If you aren’t already a subscriber, you can become a subscriber by entering your first name and email address below. You can of course unsubscribe at any time.
Rules and Info *The giveaway has ended* This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Nils Olsson, Nusnäs, where the horse was produced. This giveaway is not sponsored — I bought the horse at full price. Estimated total value: $30. The competition lasts until August 5th 2021, midnight Pacific time. I’ll choose a winner randomly from the comments, using a number generator. I’ll reach out to the winner via email to get address details, etc. If I don’t get a response within two days, I reserve my right to choose a new winner. I pay for shipping. I don’t think there should be any customs or other import/VAT charges as it is a gift, but if there is, I’m afraid you’ll have to cover that. If I send it and you don’t pick it up, I won’t send it again — shipping is expensive 🙁 You don’t need to buy anything to enter (I don’t have anything for sale, anyway). You do need to comment and to be a subscriber if you want to win, but you are of course welcome to unsubscribe at any time. The comment is how I know that you want to participate 🙂 You need to be above the age of 18 to enter, or else have your parent’s permission. Void where prohibited. Do enter the giveaway!
But maybe you’d like to know a bit about this famous horse, too?
The history of Dalahästar — Dalecarlian horses
According to the Nils Olsson factory in Nusnäs, Dala horses have been around at least since the 17th century — probably longer. In 1624, a bishop from Västerås preached sternly to the gathered congregation, warning them against the sinful wooden horses he had seen on sale at the market. Apparently, they could contain magical powers…
And the idea of the horse’s magical powers stayed. In the 1660s, women were accused of witchcraft, having ridden on the backs of the horses to the devil’s feasts.
Despite these trials, the wooden horses stayed with the families of Dalarna. Here, they served as toys for the children, as decorative objects, and as a ware you could sell to make more money.
During the 19th century, more and more people painted horses with floral and elaborate motifs, taking inspiration from local folk art. For families such as Nils Olsson’s, carving horses became a way to support the family.
In 1939, the horse had its first international breakthrough at the World Fair in New York. An enormous Dala horse stood at the entrance at the Swedish pavilion and the result was a great success. The talked about horse became so sought-after that about 20,000 Dalecarlian horses (an impressive feat at the time) were produced and sent to New York the following year.
And the rest, as they say… is not just history but the present! Because Dalecarlian horses stay as popular as ever.
Now, if you want to, I’d love to hear of your relationship is like to this horse. Do you have one? Many?