A woman's viking outfit

Re-made in 2017 - taken in, and some rows of gathering unpicked. I forgot my newly threaded string with beads at home unfortunateluy.

Images from 2014.

This is my first viking dress for over a decade, and my old ones are too small and/or have been given away. Still I got so inspired by  Hilde Thunem's interpretation of the Köstrup find (in Denmark), that I had to make one myself. I based it wholly on her work,  except that the pleating on mine is "locked" with rows of backstitching. It's made from a lovely soft herringbone wool twill in blue and green that I got from my sister as a present when I defended my PhD. The shift is simple rectangular construction, with the neck opening taken from the Kraglund kirtle from the 11th century. Because I like it and it's plausible for the period and the same culture. It's a linen fabric that I bought at the market at Hovdala castle.

Her you can see the pleating better:

And here's a good picture of the tablet wovenribbon, which is made.by Hanna Johansson and bought from Eikthyrnir in Norway. It is not a reconstruction of the ribbon from the grave, although she has made one of those too. But I don't want to copy anyone, and it's the right style for the  time period. I also have no idea of where my tortoise brooches are from, but they're small and pretty.

The shoes are from CP-schuhe in Germany and the sock are hand sewn from woven wool.

I like wearing viking clothes without a headwrap, because in the period artwork we find women with long braids in fanciful knots, or buns of hair, no veils. Since I have short hair I have to use a false braid, but it works rather well.

1 kommentar:

  1. Excellent. I love the pleating. I just bought a braid too! But my own hair is streaked pink.....hmm, not very Viking. Love your blog. I found you on Dawn"s Dress Diary Facebook page. So many different eras, amazing.