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Textile Treasures in Stockholm Museums

A visit to Stockholm was full of textile treasures. Join Resident Artist Caroline Feyling in this blog post exploring two museums in Sweden. 

Posted on March 19, 2024
by Caroline Feyling

The first day after arriving in Stockholm we kicked off the group portion of our trip by visiting some museums in Stockholm. To begin we walked through colorful row houses and drizzling rain to get to the Vasa museum.

The Vasa is a museum dedicated to the ship “Vasa” that sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628. The ship and all the objects inside were excavated in the 1950s. The huge scale of the ship was stunning, but what impressed me the most was the intact doublet that was found in the wreckage. 

The museum also had an interesting band that was tablet woven in wool and silk.

Following the Vasa, we paid a visit to the Nordiska Museum to see their new exhibition “A Nordic Life.” The exhibition chronicled the history of the Swedish region dating back to the 16th century.

In every room of this huge exhibition were packed cases full of objects. From the ordinary to the ornate there was so much to look at. My favorite portion of the exhibition was the rooms dedicated to farming culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. My eye was constantly being pulled between folk costumes, beautiful weaving, and betrothal gifts.

Our museum day has given us a lot of inspiration for when I return to the studio!