Einar Nordaker (1897 - 1969) came
from Nedstrand in Ryfylke (Ry County). As an adult, he moved to Stavanger,
where he started up a clothes shop. He was an important member of
"Bondeungdomslaget" (Young Farmers Organisation) in Stavanger.
One of the organisation's important aspects was to carry on the tradition
of folk dancing and, as an important part of the dancing, Nordaker
became engaged in the work on the costume. At this period in time
Rogaland County had no living costume tradition and the work consisted
of creating costumes from simple garments and other sources. The result
is not only based on old traditions, but also designs which were in
use in Rogaland at the time. New designs were also developed.
Hulda Garborg was a great inspirer
and authority in the preservation of culture from 1900 and until she
died in 1934. She used the Norwegian folk songs and the living dance
traditions from the Faeroe Islands to create the "song dance".
During the work to collect cultural art effects the Young Farmers
Organisation in Stavanger in 1908 was very active. At this time the
costume was an object of great importance. Magnus Våge and Einar
Nordaker were two of the key persons in this work. Einar Nordaker
particularly worked with the aspect of variation in the costume, both
when it came to materials and design. From 1941 he marketed and sold
(from his own shop) the Rogaland County costume made in the way he
had developed it. This work is the foundation of Nordaker Bunader's
costumes and their variations.
The embroidery is based on embroideries
found on old garments like hats or shawls. There are 7 different designs,
where the designs are named after where the original garments were
found. All the designs can be delivered in four colours; black, blue,
dark blue and green. The skirt can either be drape or damask.
The waistcoats can be delivered in different quality and colours.