Monday, January 14, 2008

Viking Costume

Here I am in my Viking costume. It is a work in progress. I really need a headscarf, a belt, and another layer. I made the apron using this pattern. It is based on the Birka style. There is very good information about Viking dress here, and a bunch of links here.

I've got brooches holding up the apron, a pin of the Norse god & goddess Frey & Freya, a key, and my newest addition, the necklace.

Our Daughters of Norway lodge made them, as well as earrings and bracelets, to sell at Norway Day. The member who led the project researched Viking jewelry, and the designs are based on a necklace found at Hon, Norway. There is a picture of it on the Viking Answer Lady's jewelry page.


Kristen said...

What a pretty costume. Do you take part in re-enactments?

Janice said...

Thanks! I would love to get into re-enactments some day. There's a group around here I've see a few times.

I will be so busy when I retire! I want to take up Norwegian folk dancing, too.

Anonymous said...

Your costume is stunning! The links are very helpful (especially the Swedish one) since I am putting together a Viking costume myself!

Janice said...

Please comment back here when you have yours done, I would love to see it.

Anonymous said...

Funny thing, I came across this blog this morning because I have a Google alert for bunads. I was reading my email so early this morning because I had stopped sewing my own Birka-style Viking overdress when I ran out of the right color of thread. I think yours looks excellent. And I had no idea women your age were in Daughters of Norway. Every time I've gone to some Norwegian-American ethnic event, the women have seemed somewhere between 85 and death. So it's good to see younger women wanting to be in touch with our ethnic heritage.