Hardanger embroidery, as we know it today, is a form of openwork which originated in the south western Norwegian fjord country of Hardanger. Its origins are unclear, but it is known that hardanger reached Norway from Italy during the seventeenth century.
Rita Vainius : The History of Hardangersom (Hardanger)
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http://www.eac.ca/embroidery_canada/dec_2002/hardanger.html - article in embroidery canada
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