Reproduction Women’s Clothing Set
The woollen strap-overdress is brown broken-diamond twill. A complete example of this dress has never been found, but this reconstruction is based on a composite of known archaeological finds. The narrow straps are often found mineralised inside the brooches, the pleated front section is based on an archaeological find from Køstrup, in Denmark, and the asymmetrical back panels are based on an original find from Hedeby, in Denmark. The underdress is of bleached linen, based largely on small traces of archaeological material from Birka, Sweden, Dura, Finland, and contemporary depictions. The woollen cloak is of thick yellow diamond twill with fringed edge. The vegetable-tanned leather toggled turnshoes are based on originals found during excavations at Coppergate, in York.
Reproduction Men’s Clothing Set
The woollen tunic is in white broken diamond twill. Few Viking Age woollen tunics survive intact, but a number of large pieces of skirts and side gores, and arm-hole and sleeve pieces were found at Hedeby, in Denmark. This tunic is made from a composite of all these fragments. The woollen trousers are dark blue/grey herringbone twill. These are based on the archaeological remains of the crotch of a pair of baggy trousers, found at Hedeby, in Denmark, which also appear on a number of Viking Age stone carvings across the Viking world, but particularly in Sweden. The woollen leg-bindingins are yellow herringbone twill, based on original fragments from Hedeby, in Denmark. The vegetable-tanned leather belt, with a ring-and-dot decorated brass buckle, is based on an original found in a male grave (Grave 511), at Repton, Derbyshire.