Please note – lower in this post I’ve photographed a wax model which includes a bare breast. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, but if you disagree, you might want to skip this post.
At the Saga Museum in Reykjavik I saw a neckline that I found interesting – a gathered neckline creating a pleated underdress. From my Viking research so far, it looks as though there has only been one find of a pleated underdress, however many of the Valkyrie figures suggest pleated underdresses.
The first character from the Saga Museum is the Volva, a wise woman who could see future events. The underdress doesn’t appear to be pleated at the hem, though the neckline looks as though they’ve done it with a drawstring to create a gathered neckline. The peplos-style apron dress is worn too high up for me to see if there’s a slit at the throat, or where else the drawstring might be tied.
The next figure represents a mother of Celtic decent living in Iceland during the Settlement age. Her underdress has the same gathered neckline as above, and the pleats of her underdress are seen on the sleeves and body of the dress as well.
Her apron dress is a folded two-piece fabric apron, pinned at the shoulders. (I’ll blog about the pins later too.)
She’s also wearing a shawl and a three-bead necklace. Like the figure above, I’m not able to see where the gathered neckline ties.
Vinland Viking woman
The last figure showing off a gathered neckline represents a woman in Vinland (Canada) during the end of the Viking Age. I have some concerns about her brooches and apron which I’ve addressed in another post, but this photo shows a very long front slit where the gathering cord is tied for the neckline.
Sagamuseum – The Saga Museum
Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 511 1517