This week's Lolita Blog Carnival subject is book inspired coordinations. I had about million outfit ideas for this post. I was thinking about Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and other really popular books, but I figured that everybody would do the same so I tried to think a bit outside of the box.
So for this time my book inspired coordinations are completely from a Finnish book!
Kalevala is the national epic of Finland. It was compiled by Elias Lönnrot, from Finnish and Karelian folklore and mythology, in the 19th century. The Kalevala begins with the traditional Finnish creation myth, leading into stories of the creation of the earth, plants, creatures and the sky. The Kalevala is telling a story of the people of Kalevala and Pohjola (The north). The story is filled with quarrels, revenge, love and lust.
JSK & Blouse: Alice and the Pirates
Socks: Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Headdress: Innocent World
Necklace and earrings: Kalevala jewelry
Aino was a beautiful sister of Joukahainen. When Joukahainen lost a singing contest to Väinämöinen, who's a great shaman and influential man, he promised Aino's hand in marriage to Väinämöinen. Aino's mother was pleased that Aino would be able to marry such an great man. Aino however despised the idea of marrying an old man by force, so she ended up drowning herself.
The Daughters of the North
OP: Alice and the Pirates
Shoes: Minna Parikka
Ring, necklace and earrings: Kalevala jewelry
The daughters of the North (or maidens of the North) were high born beauties, who were highly desirable among men. They were also very hard to get as a wife, since they often ordered the suitors to accomplish difficult tasks, such as killing monsters and in one case to plow a field filled with vipers and rocks. They were almost like deities, since they had magical powers and they lived in the sky. It is told that the daughters of the North were so pale that you could almost see through their clothes,skin and bones.
OP: Victorian Maiden
Jewelry: Kalevala jewelry
Headdress: Boring Sidney
Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana
Sampo is a magical machine, which smith Ilmarinen made for the Mistress of the North so he could marry one of her daughters. In Kalevala Sampo is one kind of a mill, which makes salt, flour and gold out of thin air. The holder of Sampo will be obviously the richest person in the world. Later on Ilmarinen and Väinämöinen hear that the people in the North are rolling in riches so they decide to rob it back. They go to the North and Väinämöinen tries to bargain with the Mistress of the North, so they both could use Sampo. The Mistress doesn't accept this, so Väinämöinen starts to play his kantele (finnish "harp") and all of the people of the North fall asleep. Meanwhile they're sleeping Väinämöinen, Lemminkäinen and Ilmarinen rob the Sampo. When the Mistress of the North wakes up she gets furious and sends a mighty beast, Iku Turso, after the robbers. Väinämöinen however manages to crabs Iku Turso from the ear and commands him to go back to the sea. And so the robbers return to Kalevala with Sampo.
So this is it! Let me know if you liked this post and what book inspires you. I think that this was really fun to make, because I was able to mix my own culture to a thread. I think I'll do Finland related lolita later on too.