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Viking Age linen Birka-style historical tunic with Silver Celtic knot trim

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This tunic is the perfect starting point for any Viking or Medieval wardrobe. Made of medium weight 5 oz 100% linen, it's available in almost 30 different colors in sizes L, XL, 2XL and 3XL (see chart below). Sew on your favorite inkle or tablet woven trim for a very historical Norse look. Add one to your cart and note the desired size and color and you'll be wearing your beautiful linen tunic in about 10 days! You can also specify long or short sleeve. (default is long sleeve) The pictured tunic is the color called Kenya.

For some help on colors I've included a brief summary of some of the research that's been done on Viking Age clothing.

The excavations at Birka, Sweden, which cover the 9th and 10th centuries, did not include entire garments. However, the pieces of clothing that were found there yielded quite a bit of information on different types of tunic-type garments, including smocks, tunics, and coats. There is plenty of evidence for linen smocks, tunics, and coats, and even one possibly Byzantine-style linen long tunic.

Some fabrics, such as linen and some naturally-pigmented wools, were most often used undyed. Many wools, however, were dyed in attractive colors, and there are a few examples of woad- or madder-dyed linens. The most common colors which have been found in dye analyses of Víking Age fabrics are red, mostly from madder; blue, from woad; yellow, from weld and an unidentified yellow dye, possibly either broom or a tannin-based dye such as onion skins; purples and violets, from lichens or from overdyeing with some combination of lichens/madder/woad; and greens, from overdyeing with an unidentified yellow dye plus woad (Walton 1988, 17- 18). Some evidence of brown from walnut shells has also been found, as well as one or two pieces that were intentionally dyed very dark brownish-black with walnut shells and iron (Hägg 1984, 289).

The chemical evidence seems to point to a preponderance of particular colors appearing in particular areas: reds in the Danelaw, purples in Ireland, and blues and greens in Scandinavia proper (Walton 1988, 18).

I based my pattern on the findings at Birka, but added an inset sleeve for more comfort. All seams are surged for extra strength and hems are rolled for a nice finish and durability.

Please allow 2 weeks for delivery, email me with any questions, I'm always happy to help!

L - 37" chest, 31" waist, 40" long
XL - 48" chest, 44" waist, 43" long
2XL - 52" chest, 48" waist, 45" long
3XL - 56" chest, 52" waist, 47" long

note: length dimensions can be altered to your specifications.
Halfdan aka "Jerry"

Viking Age linen Birka-style historical tunic with Silver Celtic knot trim


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