Date: 2015-01-15 03:27 am (UTC)
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By the way, I have seen at least one vendor who sells two-layer brooches with a colored layer of silk between them; they must be inspired by the Valsgarde grave 36 brooch find.

However, I'm skeptical that this is what the find indicates. The slideshow says "Through the holes in the pattern of the brooches upper layer remnants of something that could be fabric is visible." However, the Vikings used fabric when they were casting brooches, too, so it seems to me that what appears to be visible inside the Valsgarde brooch is either 1) a fabric imprint left by the casting process, or 2) a tiny fabric remnant, left by the casting process. I think it might be possible to get enough information to rule in or out the possibility of a colorful underfabric as a Viking fashion detail with microscopy. If the fabric remnant is linen, chances are the fabric remnant is an accidental casting vestige, and not an intended part of the brooch. If it's silk or fine wool, however, perhaps it was put between the layers deliberately, to add a spice of non-metallic color to the design.
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