Provence of Dalarna, for which they are named after, and were originally made as children’s toys. Over time, they came to represent the country itself and are a sign of authentic Swedish craftsmanship.
The art of making Dala horses is something that has been passed down through generations over the centuries and are a much-loved aspect of Swedish folklore to this day.
During the 19th century, there were economic hardships, so artisans crafted Dala horses to provide a means to support themselves as well as their families. It was during this time that they became more well-known and began to be seen as a symbol of Sweden.
The main manufacturer of these horses is Nusnäs, a village in Sweden, which produces traditional Dala horses as well as a variety of horses in different colors and styles.
Here at Gammelgården, we have quite a collection of Dala horses, many of which have been donated to the museum by Barbra Glaser. They represent different regions of Sweden, and each tells its own story.