Reinhekla offers expertise on Scandinavian folk dresses

Reinhekla is a knowledge-based company working with historical textiles, Scandinavian folk dresses and traditional handicrafts.


Jon Fredrik Skauge, researcher, lecturer and historian established the business in 2008. His special skills are old folk dress traditions, such as the shape and designs of the garments, the types of textiles and materials and the various decorations used on Scandinavian folk dresses.


Jon Fredrik Skauge has gained his theoretical and practical knowledge of historical and traditional folk dress and fashion from his many years’ involvement in Norwegian and Scandinavian cultural institutions, and from studying history and cultural history at Norwegian universities.


Through his consulting services, lectures and practical and theoretical classes he communicates knowledge about Scandinavian folk dress traditions and textiles. Using historical information from a certain area he reconstructs and produces folk dresses from the 19th century. The dresses are entirely hand sewn and individually adapted to fit the client. When making the folk dress he puts a lot of effort in understanding the customers’ preferences of colours and materials, although always faithful to the historical sources.


The Reinhekla Shop offers Reinheklas own reconstructed folk dresses and a wide range of traditional craft items such as textiles, pottery and glass. The shop also offers modern designed Norwegian clothing, which can be described as innovations based on  knowledge about the cut and style of traditional Norwegian dresses.


The Norwegian word Reinhekla derives from the production of linen from the linen plant. The fibres in the straws of the linen plant, which are of highest quality, are called “reinhekla”. In Norwegian “reinhekla” means authentic, honest and reliable.

Folk dress in empire style from mid Norway from the early 19th century. Reconstructions by Jon Fredrik Skauge. Contact Reinhekla