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My request arrived today, for:
Elsa E. Guðjónsson. 1994. "Barnavettlingar frá Heynesi" Gersemar og þarfaþing (Reykjavík: Þjóðminjasafn Íslands); 206-207.

There are only a few extra details that I didn't already know, so here they are in Icelandic and my (probably inaccurate) translation...


p. 206
Fléttuð ullarsnúra var saumað við hvorn vettlinginn; var greinilegt að hún hafði upprunalega verið heil og tengt vettlingana saman. Hefur þar sami háttur verið á hafður og tíðkast jafnvel enn í dag, að festa band víð vettlinga smábarna og þræða síðan gegnum ermarnar svo að þeir týnist síður, en augljóslega hafði það ekki komið að gagni hvað þessi vettlinga varðar....

Braided/plaited woollen cord was stitched to each mitten; it is clear that it had originally complete and had linked the mittens together. The same fashion is customary even today, to fix a cord to the mittens of little children and thread them through the sleeves so they are less [likely to be] lost. But obviously it was not useful for these particular mittens....

...Allur var vefnaður þessi fremur grófgerður, voru 7-9 þræðir á cm í uppistöðu, en 4-5 í ívafi..... Vaðmálið í vettlingunum er venju fremur smátt, um 12-15 þræðir á cm í uppistöðu og 8-9 í ívafi, en algengast virðist að í íslensku jarðfundu vaðmáli frá miðöldum séu 6-8 þræðir á cm í uppistöðu og 4-6 í ívafi.
...


... All the woven stuff was rather coarse, with the warp (uppistöðu) 7-9 threads per cm, and weft 4-5 threads per cm.... Mittens in vaðmál are usually rather fine, with warp threads 12-15 per cm and 8-9 in the weft, but most vaðmál found in Icelandic soils from the middle ages are 6-8 cm warp and 4-6 in the weft.
....


Still not the sort of (admittedly, strange) information I want, like mitten dimensions and how they were constructed, but confirmation that the cord is some sort of braiding is nice, too. :)

Date: 2010-09-11 05:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cathyr19355
I don't think the information you want is weird. But, sadly, few academics seem to be interested in information that would actually tell people about what archaeological finds were like *as clothes*. Sigh.

Date: 2010-09-11 04:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cathyr19355
Sorry. My intent was not to criticize academics for being unwilling to "go outside their area of expertise." I just lament the fact that so few scholars have chosen costume *as* their area of expertise.

Date: 2010-09-12 04:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cathyr19355
I can understand why textiles and costume became two separate fields. Though most costumes are made from textiles, I can see that the study of each field includes many issues that are not terribly relevant to the other (though there is some overlap). I'm more interested in the reasons for the difference in status between the two. But take your time; I certainly have plenty to think about!

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