Cosplay & Historic Dresses

Viking age additional garments

On top of male and female garments, you may need some additional pieces to complete your outfit or protect your skin from bad weather. First of all, you need a pair of leather shoes. Mine are just one example of the many patterns that are used in reenactment.

I am not a hundred percent sure whether all of the following options are completely accurate, but there are a lot of different suggestions for Viking age socks. Some even sew their socks from fabric and discuss whether they cover the foot completely. Mine are made using the Nalbinding technique.
There are a lot of great YouTube tutorials, so I do not show the making-of in detail. Nalbinding is a technique older than knitting thaat does not rip apart completely when damaged. However, you need a long time to make the knots. These gloves are made from wool in the Nalbinding technique, too.

To protect your head and shoulders from rain and cold wheather, you do not have to sew a complete cape. This smaller garment may have been used by Vikings and/or their neighbors. As you can see here (upcoming), the construction is rather simple.

As an outer garment, Inga Hägg suggests a rectangular piece of fabric closed with a brooch (2015, S. 55-58). She also notes that “Loden” was used more commongly from the second half of the 9th century onwards (2015, S. 173). In addition, feathers/down may have been used to protect against the cold (Hägg, 2015, S. 171).

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