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Viking Clothing Guides

The Viking Clothing Guides are PDFs of Clothing found and reconstructed and sorted by Region to aid Historical Re-enactors

Jenny's Note: The PDFs were originally complied to help fellow Hodegon NVG club members here in Australia know what options they had in making their outfits - Hodegon has closed down this year ( June 2016 ) and its members have merged into The Frontiers Living History Group and with that we are opening up the areas and time periods for which club members can portray Vikings from so I will now include finds info from other areas like British isles, Ireland, Iceland and Greenland as well.


Time Table of Norse Clothing Finds 

 



Danish Viking

 
 
Index of contents:
 Hedeby Kaptur / Hood
The Danish Tunic
Male Viking Costume Closet Selection Hedeby / Haithabu
Mammen - Tunic, cloak cape, pants, arm bands, Leg Ties
Thorsberg Pants
Bernuthsfeld Shirt
Virborg Shirt
The Hedeby Kaftan
Hedeby Pochewka knife
Hedeby Purse

other clothing finds not in the pdf 
 Kostrup pleated apron dress
 Kragelund tunic
 Moselund tunic
 Ronbjerg
 
 

Norweign Viking

 


Index of contents:
Tunic with vents
Skjoldehamn garments - Hood, Tunic, under Tunic / shirt, Trousers/Hose, Hose, Footwrappings, shoes, knife handle,
 
Index of contents:
Skjoldehamn Kaptur ( Hood)
Skjoldehamn Trousers
Skjoldehamn Shawl or Blanket
Oseberg clothing fragments
The portfolio of Eide/ wallet pouch
Sakwa of Gokstad / pouch bag
Szpila ring from Beinnes / ring cloak pin
Buckle from Gjermundbu
Gokstad Cutting Board
Gokstad Cutting Board

other clothing finds not in the pdf 
 Guddal Shirt
 Guddal over tunic 
 Kaupang Grave C27997 pleated smokkr apron dress
 Kaupang Grave C 27997 B has a smokkr apron dress with a tablet woven band is sewn to edge of fabric.
 Vangsnes Grave B5265 pleated smokkr apron dress
 Sadanger (Western Norway) Grave B 10720 possible wool smokkr apron dress in a broken diamond twill
 Uvdal pleated tunic
 Hyrt in Voss, Hordaland Grave B 4864 smokkr apron dress


Swedish Viking

 

 
Index of contents:
 The Bocksten Man - Tunic, Cloak, Hood, Hose / trouser, under hose, front laced shoes,
 Breeches
 Male jacket with BIRKI
 Birka Women’s Pleated under dress
 Birka Women’s Over Apron Dress & Back Draping Mantel
 Birka Women’s other items of clothing
 Birka womens kaftan jacket
 Purse of Gotland
 Kaletki of Jämtland ( belt with pouch)
 Portfolios of BIRKI ( wallet pouches)
 Key to the Burg
 
 
Index of contents:
Vikingtida Herreman
Cap / Hat
Kaftan
Särkland / under shirt
Bag and belt
Påsbyxor ( Trousers )
PUTTIE / leg wraps
Shoes 
 
Index of contents:
Headscarf
Rynkveckad Sark – Pleated Under
Tunic
Hängselkjolen - Apron
Span dents / Brooches and gear
Shoes
Kappa / Women’s Kaftan
Jacket
Treflikigt buckle / Trifold Buckle
 
other clothing finds not in the pdf 
Söderköping tunic
 Hogom tunic



Rus Viking

 
 
Index of contents:
Rus Male Costume by Peter Beatson
Introduction
Hat
Kaftan
Accessories
Undershirt
Trousers
Leg Bindings
Shoes
 
 
Index of contents:
Sorochra - Rus under Shirt
Senmurv Kaftan
Porty - Rus pants
Byzantine trousers
 
Index of contents:
Rus Female under tunic
Pan'ova  Rus skirt
 
Index of contents:
Head scarf
Headband and Temple rings
 
Pskov Apron Dress - Fabric Treasure by E. Zubkova, O. Orfinskaya, D.S. Likhacheva.
found on Pskov Archeological Center Website. Translation by Lady Sofya la Rus, Mka Lisa Kies
( has original photos of the Apron)

Peter Beatson's excellent summary. on the apron.

 
 

Finnish Viking

 
Lehtosalo-Hilander, Pirkko-Liisa: Ancient Finnish Costumes 1984, ISBN 951-99605-4-6

Making of Female Finn Viking Dress, Satu Hovi 2005 / 2011
 
other clothing finds not in the pdf 
Eura

British Isles Viking

York - High Ousegate
Silk cap from Jorvik
Adwick-le-Street, South Yorkshire smokkr apron dress

Ireland Viking

Dublin Viking excavation Fishamble Street 1


 Iceland Viking

Snoksdalur, West Iceland. - Cloth Sock



Greenland Viking

Herjolfsnes 



Other Culture Clothing Guides

 
Saxon
 
Index of contents:
Early (Pagan) Saxon - 410 to 650 AD - Grave 33, Eriswell (female)
Undergarment
Peplos-type Dress
Cloak
Leg-coverings
Footwear
Hair and Headgear
Brooches
Belt
Jewellery
 
Middle Saxon - 650 to 850 AD - Middle Saxon Woman
underdress
Dress
Cloak
Shoes
Scarf
Belt
Accessories
Jewellery
 
Christian Nobility -8th Century
Underdress
Dress
Cloak
Shoes
Hair
Veil & Fillet
Belt
Accessories
 
Index of contents:
Late Saxon - 850 to 1066 AD / Anglo-Saxon Nobleman - 10th/11th Century
Undertunic
Tunic
Cloak
Trousers
Leg Bindings
Boots
Hair
Hat
Accessories
Seax Knife
 Anglo-Saxon Noblewoman - c1000 AD
Underdress
Dress
Cloak
Leg Bindings
Shoes
Hair
Head scarf & band
Accessories
Wimples ( Head scarfs)
 
Anglo-Saxon Warrior - c1000 AD
Undertunic
Tunic
Cloak
Trousers
Leg bindings
Boots
Hair
Helmet
Shield
Scramaseax
Langseax
 

Other Usefull Guides

 

Stitches and Seam Techniques - How to do hand sewing

Index of contents:
 

Viking And Saxon Stitches

 1. Running Stitch

 2. Oversewing

 3. Herringbone

 4. Blanket Stitch

 Seams

 1. Seams

 2. Butted Seams

 3. Stand-Up Seam

 4. Seams Spread Open After Join Is Made

 5. “Lapped” Fell Seam

 6. Fell Seam Worked On Wrong Side Of Garment

 Finishes On Raw Edges Of Seams

Sewing On Tablet Woven Braid

 Hems

Other Stitches Found In Archaeological Finds

 References


Frontier Living History Group Newsletters - Viking Clothing articles 

Viking Cloth Socks
Viking Dyes


Big Changes & New Time periods
Skjoldehamn Hood




Other Recommended  websites 

Recreating Viking Clothing by Hilde Thunem




The Surviving Garments Project by  Heather Rose Jones




 

Version update history

page first published 30 Jan 2012
updated 19 Aug 2016



Subpages (1): Early period