The Historical Attire -Viking Clothing

As mentioned in history, the Viking were the people from Europe who travelled and traded along with the country. And as they lived in colder regions, they needed to keep them warm, so they made their Viking clothing from wool, linen, and animal skins that are as warm and comfortable as functional altogether. 

However, these fabrics used to decay easily but survived only in a specific environment or temperature, in dry areas of Egypt or a peat bog. This also means we are only left with a few Viking style clothing fragments and get their ideas from books written about them. Let’s get to know this historical, cultural clothing style deeply:

  • Mens Viking Clothing 

The Viking clothing for men’s is somewhat similar to all men’s clothing — which is a shirt, trouser and over the tunic. The Viking men used to layer their clothing for protection from both weather and any attacks.

The shirt was usually made up of linen fabric that provided comfort and was softer on the skin than wool. The shirt was paired with a woolen tunic known as ‘Kyrtill’, these tunics ran down to the knee, and either had long or short sleeves according to the weather. They were put on overhead and had no fastenings to tie up. Sometimes they had few decorations on the neckline, hem and cuffs, usually threaded work as braids with wool or silk. 

 The shirts either had round, V- neck or square neck, and they had flaps which were secured with cords, fabrics and loops which looked quite stylish.

The trousers were made from wool which was either very loose or tighter with no pockets. Moreover, they wore trousers with a belt made of bronze, which helped them hold them and was also used by Vikings to hang knives or pouches made of leather.

The shirts and tunics were dyed in different colors by Viking women; they used vegetables or flower-based dyes and created colors like light brown rustic red, yellow, gold and blue.

The Viking men wore woollen socks to keep their feet’s warm paired with leather boots. 

  • Viking Women Clothing

The dress for women was more precise; they wore a long chemise made up of linen and a short apron overdress made from wool, usually called ‘Hanger rock’. The women’s Viking overdresses started from the shoulder and ran halfway down to the calf, then suspended using two straps fastened at the front with the help of two brooches made up of bone, ivory, bronze, silver or gold in shapes like oval, disc-shaped or popularly turtle. 

The Viking women from a healthy family wore tunics which had a trail at the back flowing on the ground.

 Cloaks were also worn by Viking women similar to men’s, which were quite long and made from wool; they wore a belt around it woven from fabric and used to carry small bags for other stuff. The women also wore headscarves that were knotted to protect them from cold and wore leather shoes with woolen socks.

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