Skræddersy

Tailoring The traditional clothing of the Vikings and Slavs in the early medieval period represent a huge challenge to us. Textile discoveries of that period are plentiful but the reconstruction of a particular outfit is the subject of much debate in archaeology. Based on current techniques, old publications are being revised, to extract new knowledge. In our portrayal period there were only a few pictorial and written sources, as the written word only began to grow in significance with Christianity.  

By looking closer you can see that each member of our group selected their fabrics and jewellery according to the social status they are trying to display in our community. We pass on the tailoring craft to interested parties in small lectures and present our variety of clothes everywhere where we are to be found. ©2012  

We are left with some scope to interpret the clothing of the Vikings and Slavs through the handing down by mouth of old Nordic sagas, the pictorial portrayal on stone carvings and wall tapestries as well as textiles found in our portrayal areas. We apply what we know! We use exclusively animal and plant fibres like wool, linen, hemp, stinging nettle, silk and other animal hairs. Our garbs are sewn by hand with a range of reconstructed stitch types. Moreover, we only use fabrics whose weaving patterns are proven against archaeological finds for our period of portrayal.

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Træbearbejdning

Woodcraft Wood was one of the most available building materials in the early Middle Ages. Many household items were made of wood. Various small and large archaeological excavations of the Vikings and Slavs clearly support this. With the assistance of reconstructed historical tools we create household goods such as seating furniture, tables, shelves, small stools, spoons and spatulas, dress pins and crafts needles as well as beds made of wood.

We reconstruct only selected items. The templates for this are original excavated items from our chosen period and location. The major part of our setting is oriented to the time and the style of our portrayal. To preserve natural materials, we try to use natural and artistic enhancement of these items. We present this craft in practical experiments. ©2012

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Plante dør

Plant dyeing Our fabrics and yarns are dyed with the pigments of roots, leaves and other natural plant materials. Mother Nature offers a wide range of blossoms, fruits, bark, foliage and roots, to develop the brightest of colours. During our research we stumbled upon a huge range of plant dyestuffs, whether yellow, red, brown, green or blue. The early middle ages offered a wide range of colours.

Whether and for which event a colourful garment was worn or whether the Vikings and Slavs rather preferred practical, undyed clothes is left to the individual’s interpretation.  Some handed-down writings and coloured stone carvings and paintings however lead us to believe that colours were used. Textile discoveries from the port of Hedeby prove that the Vikings dyed trousers with the boiled walnut stock, with its antibacterial properties, so that dyeing methods can be attributed more than psychological effects.

We decided to assign particular occasions and portrayals to colour-rich and undyed clothing. The dyeing craft is naturally demonstrated by us at suitable events. Moreover, we deliver active dyeing seminars with practical experiments. ©2012

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Keramik

Pottery A thousand years ago ceramic goods were omnipresent. Archaeologists say that they dominated the early middle ages. Countless ceramic shards and jugs have been found during archeological excavations. Ornamental decorations like waves, points or grooving were popular and very common, as were embossed patterns as well as painting. The ceramic materials differed from region to region. The Slavic ceramics with their eye-catching decorations are one of the most commonly found items.

Even though ceramics must often arrived in our portrayal regions via imports, we are interested in the historic manufacturing method of such vessels. Ceramic goods are made in a special but simple firing process termed mine fire, by which the vessels are so heated that they last for many years. We make ceramic vessels from our portrayal period in experimental tests in this manner. ©2012

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Tekstilproduktionskædens

Textile manufacturing Handcraft like textile manufacturing is one of the widest topics in the history of textile archeology. Our group engages itself with the production and processing of textiles and the way that they were worn. Numerous textile discoveries show us which fibres were used. We engage in research to find out how they were used and processed, to achieve a most authentic feel for how comprehensive a task it was to create an item of clothing.

This gives us information about which textiles were probably worn where, and how they changed over the course of time. We have only just begun with the experiment of the practical transformation of weaving and spinning. The textile craft includes a large variety of single procedures. It starts with cultivation, harvest and processing of plant-based fibres as well as animal fibres, hand spinning and twisting into stable threads or the weaving craft to create the best cloths. Tablet weaving and comb weaving braids, ribbons and belts are an integral and useful part of our clothes. ©2012

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