Sep 28, 2012
|Lindsborg, KS, is another great Swedish town near where we are camped at Kanopolis Lake. Of course, we first headed to Katella's Konditori for a Swedish Meatball lunch. I also had the bread pudding with lingenberries which was outstanding.
Then we hit the Swedish craft shops and took pictures of the Dala Horses.
WHAT IS A DALA HORSE?
The Dala Horse is a wooden tail-less, stubby horse with origins that date back to early Swedish loggers and miners that whittled this horse for their children during long cold Scandinavian nights. The design derives its name from the Dalarna Province of Sweden, where the wooden horses, colorfully and decoratively painted, were popularized in the 1800s.
In fact, Dala horses were believed to have been brought to Lindsborg with the Swedish settlers who founded Lindsborg in 1869. As Lindsborg began to celebrate its Swedish heritage with a greater emphasis in the 1960s, they adopted the red-coated Dala horse as a welcome symbol and community identity icon.
By the 1990s, the traditional Dala horse symbol -- orange in color decorated with white flowing kurbits (squash vines, a Swedish symbol of blessings found in folk painting in the Dalarna Province) -- had been adapted in hundreds of daily uses, large and small in Lindsborg. In 2000, the community came up with a pop-art twist on the traditional handicraft. The name for the pop-art Dala horses? Wild Dala Horses!
WHAT IS A WILD DALA HORSE?
Why are these Dalas wild? They are most decidedly unconventional. To begin, they are pony sized and made of fiberglass. In the pop art tradition that started in the U.S. with the cows on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, each of the Wild Dalas of Lindsborg are decorated by local artists. Each is publicly displayed, primarily outdoors, and available to be toured and photographed. Each has a distinctive pun-filled name, from the sheer play on words like Dalallama Telecomma to the horse honoring the town's summer outdoor theater, Hello Dala!
I purchased a little Dala pin to put on my travel quilt and an angel made of wheat straw for the Christmas tree. Other than that we just looked and took pictures. There are lots more dalas but I need to get on the road. Check out their website.
We had a wonderful time in Lindsborg and can't wait to go back again.