Just imagine… you’re sitting in your timbered red barn or wooden cottage. The snow lies heavy outside in the winter darkness. The fire is crackling and the kids are playing. And if you were a man back then – about 400 years ago – then you might have found yourself whittling pieces of wood and making toys for the children.
Apparently, this is the humble origin of the Dala horse, which is a symbol not only of Dalarna, where it comes from, but of Sweden itself.
The traditional Dala horse is smallish and painted bright red with a harness of white, yellow, green and blue. Each horse is hand-finished and the details are painted on by hand too.
In Southern Dalarna, you can meet the world’s largest Dala horse! This gentle giant is made of concrete and weighs 66.7 tons. I think you’ll agree that it is impressive in stature with its 13 metres of height!
It takes nine people to create a handcrafted Dala horse. And don’t worry, they are made out of pine and not concrete!
My own Dala horse is a rather shy creature and prefers to hide behind lots of kiddy-made jewellery.
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