entle Reader:

Questions about Viking Age clothing are possibly the most common ones I receive. However, the archaeology of textiles and the science of clothing reconstruction and interpretation are fairly specialized fields. While I could delve into this research, I feel my readers are better served by turning to the research and articles of Mistress Þóra Sharptooth. Þóra describes herself as "a fiber freak"... but I would describe her as The Viking Textile Research Goddess.

Mistress Þóra's articles on Viking topics may be found online at
http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/vikresource.html.

In addition, I have a few other useful online resources I can recommend which I list below. If you are in search of written scholarly documentation for Viking clothing and textiles, again, Þóra's webpage is the place to go... she cites her sources and also provides very useful annotated bibliographies.

Another useful resource for Viking re-enactors is the Norsefolk Yahoo! Group. Searching the archives of Norsefolk will very often turn up exactly the answer you need to almost any question about Viking clothing. The members of the group belong to Viking re-enactment societies, the S.C.A., and similar groups world-wide, and among them have a considerable pool of experience and information about creating reconstructions of Viking dress and accessories. You will find that you must subscribe to Norsefolk in order to access the site: this became necessary after the list started being deluged with spam... but it's a quick and simple process. If you don't want to recive the list email, after you subscribe you can set your group preferences to "No Mail - Read Only on the Web" and still be able to access all the group's content online at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Norsefolk_2/

Here then are my recommended links to more information on Viking Age clothing.




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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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