Friday, September 04, 2009

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Vera Veronika

One Week: It was one week ago today that Karin passed away, so I will offer these two photos as a farewell and leave the subject of her death behind, in terms of my blog. The photo of Karin that accompanied that article:

Karin's favorite flower

Monday, May 29, 2006

Yvonne Jeanette

Someone from the "old homestead" in Värmland made this little sewing box for Karin many, many years ago.

"Karin Gunvor J..."

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Ingeborg Borghild

From barn clothes to Nobel gowns

Frykdals Bygden, Alf Folmer, Tisdag 11 oktober 2005

[Our street and town have been changed - since this is a public forum - to 5th Street and ‘our town’.]

Part 3 of 3

Her clientele grew; now the ladies from Stockholm also came to have their dresses made.

Bengt-Herman Nilsson and family lived in ‘our town’. He was His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf’s personal aide. One spring day in 1976, Bengt-Herman Nilsson’s wife Cecilia came to “Karin on 5th Street”. “You must help me and make me a new gown. It should be something completely special. I need it for King Carl Gustaf’s and Silvia’s wedding. It will only be made by you, Karin,” she said with determination. At first, Karin didn’t believe it was true. Then it was busy days with suggestions to model. The dress and the wedding were a success. Queen Silvia admired Cecilia’s dress and its picture was seen in many newspapers.

(Photo: Cecilia Nilsson, 1986, in Karin's sewing room wearing a gown made by Karin - but not necessarily the dress worn to the royal wedding.)

A bit later, Ulla Höjer came to Karin. She was Secretary in the
Swedish Academy (where they determine who will win the Nobel prize in Literature). She said “You must make a dress for me to wear to the Nobel party.” Karin became completely inspired. Together with Ulla they studied all the biggest fashion magazines, Vogue, Elle and all the others. Ulla wanted a creation that would be seen and talked about. And it was. The dress was seen on TV from the party at City Hall and in the press.

(Photo: Ulla Höjer in Nobel gown, 1979, also in Karin's sewing room.)

(Photo: Ulla Höjer, 1986.)

After that, many of ‘our town’s’ distinguished ladies came to “Karin on 5th Street” to have their finest gowns made. Karin had become a seamstress of haute couture. One customer from Stockholm was Eva Rudholm from Roslagen. She was the wife of the Riksmarsalk (the man running the
King’s Court) and she was thought of as the “Second Lady” of Sweden, after the Queen. When Karin, now 87, takes a walk in ‘our town’, there is always some old customer who greets her.

(Photo: Eva Rudholm, 1986)

(Photo: Eva Rudholm, 1986)

She who once was Karin in Höla is now Karin in ‘our town’. When I asked her what the most important things were that she brought with her from her home town of Askersby, her answer came quickly. “It is that Elin der Ner taught me to sew and mamma taught me to be polite. Mamma said ‘A person should say hello and thank you. It costs nothing – and it doesn’t hurt, either.’ “

The End