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The Story of Bonader, Swedish Folk Art
Early Swedish bonader were created on linen, grown and woven locally, the painting surface was prepared from natural ingredients, probably a gesso-like substance; potato starch, egg and chalk, and the paint was egg tempera; natural pigments, ground and mixed with egg yolk and water. They are often several meters long. Later (1800 to 1875) bonader were produced on paper.
After the festival the bonader were taken down, rolled up and stored until the next time.
They were aspirational paintings, even though rural life was a going through a depression; with rich costumes and well fed elegant people and horses. In a naive style, they record many features of life from those times; the food, jobs, transport, house interiors.
Unfortunately this art style has just about died out in Sweden, due to industrialisation and changes in fashion. Bonader fell out of favour, when other folk arts and crafts were collected and valued.
The community raised money to create a custom built Bonadsmuseet (Museum for Bonader) in their Heritage Park. Here is now stored and displayed a comprehensive display of local bonader including many of Johannes Nilsson's masterpieces.