Monday, August 15, 2011

Norse Viking garb Research

A freind of mine is new to the S.C.A. and has asked me to make hime some period garb for his ninth century Norse persona. He is even wants to buy period fabrics. Yeah! (I like working with period fabrics, I just can't afford them myself)

Okay to start with the types of textiles and colors. Wool was the most common, followed by linen and then silk, both of which were imported. Linen was often left undyed, where as wools came in many colors such as reds, blues, yellows, purples, greens, and browns. Silk could be in a varitey of colors since It was imported.  Red seemed to be more common in Danelaw (England), purple in Ireland, and blue/green for Scandinavia.
There is evidence of tri-colored plaid and two tone pants.

Eastern Viking (Rus)- Eastern vikings had more Russian and Middle Eastern influence. They wore an under tunic, and an over tunic (both most likely a framed) key hole neckhole being common, they also wore a kaftan like coat with buttons up the center front. Thier pants were short and baggy.

Western Viking (Norse)- Western vikings had more Germanic and Saxon influence. They also wore an under and over tunic, but more T shaped, wider neck lines were more common than key hole necklines. They wore a retangluar clock pinned with a brooch over one side. They could also wear a wrap type jacket with no buttons. Thier pants were long and slim, with belt loops, often using crotch gores to aid movement, and some even included footies. Examples including metal eyelets to attach leg wrappings to, were most common to Saxon finds.

Often under tunics were longer than over tunics. Tunics were mid thigh to knee length. Tablet woven trim or patterned materials were often used as trim and to hem. Constrasting thread was often used to to finish seams and hems.  Embrodery became more common in the ninth and tenth centuries. Wool socks and mittens were made using a nailbinding method. Both hoods and hats have been found in grave sites. Most hats have metal trim to match coats.

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