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I think they've updated their database with more photos!

See: (for small screens and netbooks, like me) or

Here are the photo ID numbers for the shirt (BRM 31/2)(skjorte) from Guddal, including close-ups of the neck.
BRM_31/2 (gives you two photos of the full-length shirt)
030986 (full-length photo)
030987 (full-length photo)
030988 (full-length photo)
030989 (full-length photo)
030990 (full-length photo)
030991 (full-length photo)
030992 (full-length photo)
030996 (close-up of weave)
030995 (close up of edge)
030994 (close up of neck)
030993 (close up of neck)

For the striped tunic (kjortel) with pleated & split side-gores of awesome (BRM 31/1):
030979 (full-length photo)
030980 (full-length photo)
030981 (check out those stripes!)
031002 (it says it's of Løpegang, so I think it's focusing on the seam finishing/alteration?)
030983 (side split)
030985 (side split)
030982 (gathering at the top of the gore)
030984 (a gore)

031000 (BRM 31/3, described as a blanket or cloak here)
031001 (BRM 31/3)
031003 (BRM 31/3)
030997 (BRM 31/3)
030998 (BRM 31/3)
030999 (BRM 31/3)

031004 (31/4, a plaited band)

I'm now pretty sure that the way I interpreted Vedeler's description of the shirt collar, and her diagram, is probably what she intended (from looking at the colour photos). Not entirely sure how the collar closed though - anyone?)
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A little bit about the Guddal tunic... it has sort-of pleated-looking side-insert-gore-things!

A Norwegian fashion article, mentioning just how old tunics are, with a reconstruction drawing.

And, the Vitenskapsmuseet has put all of their issues of SPOR before 2005 online for free, number 2 from 1997 has an article by Marianne Vedeler Nilsen that has black and white photos of the tunic, including an interesting split-side-gore-thing.

Løvlid, quoting Vedeler, says that it's dated 1035- 1165 CE in Skjoldehamnfunnet i lys av ny kunnskap. [PDF]
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It seems there might just be a 'plant fibre' underdress from Finland. Apparently it's in Ken kantaa Kalevalaa.

From: Satu Hovi (2010) "Female Viking Finn Costume" Tournaments Illuminated 173; 15-18, 28.

"In the cemetery of Masku, western Finland, an underdress made from plant fiber was found, dating to about 1000 CE. There were cloth fragments from both the upper and lower part of the garment. The fiber from the lower part was much more coarse than that of the upper, so the dress either has a fine upper part and a coarse lower part, which is a division very common in folk costumes from the 19th C., or the tunic and skirt were separate, as is seen in some Bronze Age Danish finds. In the later case, the separate skirt could be sewn as a tube length from the ankles to the breast. The skirt is girded with a tablet woven band in the waist and the leftover upper body length is allowed to fall and cover the belt."

The rest of the article is a more condensed and polished version of Satu's website, with a bit more emphasis on references. There is a lot of interesting things just casually referenced in it.

The interesting thing, is that Jenny Kangasvuo's page says the two-piece tunic is the Kaarina dress. The Kaarinan dress seems to have been analysed as part of Jaana Riikonen's masters thesis "Naisenhauta Kaarinan Kirkkomäessä.
But the reference for the reconstruction itself comes from (as best as I can tell) a book on folk costumes, called Ildiko Lehtinen and Pirkko Sihvo. 1984. Rahwaan puku /Folk Costume, Museovirasto, Helsinki. So, I'm guessing the people who are leaning towards the folk-costume dress (at the very least, the idea that tunics have waist seams, which I've vaguely mused about before), aren't trying to adapt the Eura gown idea? Who knows.

Also, the Institutet för Forntida Teknik has a document in .doc format about reconstructing the Kaarina headdress. (Google translate does a pretty good job.)

By request

Dec. 18th, 2008 10:18 pm
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Here's a scan of the pattern and layout of the Eura dress:
Note the subtle difference in how there is a flattening-off of the angles that make up the bottom of the body piece, thereby making the long gores end before the wrist. Unlike the version usually copied, like this.

Some other things I found while looking for those pictures:
I think cute photos of your cat 'helping' you weave is universal.

Tablet weaving, including (from what little I follow) some based on Finnish grave finds.
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Let's see if I've understood the arguments in this post correctly.
Correct me in the comments and I'll update it.
Edit 1: Adding in textile, and find-place of garments.
Edit 2: Added in links to comments in this entry.
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Halfway down this page, there is a photo of the Bocksten outfit, and a tunic from Guddal church, Sunnfjord.

Does anyone have any more information, than just a little photo? Journal or book references I could ILL?
Anything would be helpful and appreciated.
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Yet another fantastic article from those NVG guys: This time it's a Byzantine shirt!

Go check out the construction details, and drool a little. Maybe a lot.

Also, there's a bit on chainmail from Birka
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As best as I can find out (and I found it by accident), this one is in Haeggs Die Textilfunde aus dem Hafen von Haithabu, but I don't know how much of it is guesswork, and how much is extant. It has six trapezoidal panels for the skirt. < with a pattern

Edit: The translation of the paragraph from Textilfunde p.50
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I'm beginning to think there is something about Thor Ewings theory about the seperate skirt-and-yoke style tunics being native to Scandinavia.
(This doesn't mean I think the Eura gown is necessarily correct, not by any means.)

The latest thing to catch my eye is how the Jelling stone has been repainted so Jesus is being crucified in a really interesting shirt.

There's also the weird pendant from Taskula, Finland. (11th c. Scandinavia)

And there's the Daugmale pendant from Latvia which also has a very pleated-looking skirt. (There's a mis-labelled reproduction here, where I got my reproduction from, and a photo of the original here.)

Some off-topic images of medieval recorder players. and a 5th century BCE Sheepskin coat from Poland.


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