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Title:
Dressed in a Present from the Past: The Transfers and Transformations of a Swedish Bridal Crown in the United States
Author:
Lizette Grad én: Department of Design, Craft and Textile Art at Konstfack, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10238695
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Year:
2010
Volume:
2
Theme:
Theme: Uses of the Past – Nordic Historical Cultures in a Comparative Perspective
Pages:
695-717
No. of pages:
23
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2010-12-17


Ever since the emigration from the Nordic countries the Old world and the New world have maintained an exchange of ideas, customs, and material culture. This cultural heritage consists of more than remnants of the past. Drawing on theories of material culture and performance this article highlights the role of gifts in materializing relationships between individuals, families and organizations in the wake of migration. First, I build on a suggested coinage of the term heritage gifts as a way of materializing relationships. Thereafter, I map out the numerous roles which a Swedish bridal crown play in the United States: as museum object, object of display and loaned to families for wedding ceremonies in America. The transfers and transformations of the bridal crown enhances a drama of a migration heritage. This dynamic drama brings together kin in Sweden and America and maps specific locations into a flexible space via the trajectory of crown-clad female bodies.

Keywords: Gift-giving; heritage gift; performance; the dressed body; Swedish-America

Volume 2, Theme: Theme: Uses of the Past – Nordic Historical Cultures in a Comparative Perspective, Article 38, 2010

Author:
Lizette Grad én
Title:
Dressed in a Present from the Past: The Transfers and Transformations of a Swedish Bridal Crown in the United States
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10238695
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  • Volume 2, Theme:: Theme: Uses of the Past – Nordic Historical Cultures in a Comparative Perspective, Article 38, 2010

    Author:
    Lizette Grad én
    Title:
    Dressed in a Present from the Past: The Transfers and Transformations of a Swedish Bridal Crown in the United States
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10238695
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    Citations:
  • Lizette Gradé & Tom O'Dell (2016). Museums and Heritage Collections in the Cultural Economy: The Challenge of Addressing Wider Audiences and Local Communities. Museum International, 68(3-4): 48. DOI: 10.1111/muse.12135
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