Costumes for travel

From inside the castle courtyard looking towards the castle entrance

From inside the castle courtyard looking towards the castle entrance

When I started making my packing list for my last trip to Finland (June-July 2017) I started to think of garb…

I would be attending one day of the medieval fair in Turku, plus visiting some castles and things… and thought it might be fun to get photos of myself in garb in these lovely places… (I also unexpectedly found myself at the Tallin Medieval Market in Estonia too!)

Ok… I’m just daydreaming about travel again… it’s a long time before I’ll be going back – or will even be able to travel at all I bet (given finances and Covid…)

So first the question – would this make sense? Would it make sense to bring an entire outfit just for one day and maybe a few photos?

Once my bag was packed, I figured I had room in my suitcase to bring a simple outfit – so I was going to go for it! But then the next question – which outfit?

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Wool viking hoods

Two new steel blue/grey wool hoods - one adult, one child size.

Two new steel blue/grey wool hoods – one adult, one child size.

Count this as a bit of a throwback post in itself – I actually made these ages ago… took the photos – but never ended up blogging about them!

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RAM Vikings – Embroidery

Interpretation of a man's outfit

Interpretation of a man’s outfit

In my last post I gave a bit of a sneak peek for this post – about embroidery.

There’s  a lot of controversy or discussion around the use of embroidery on Viking age garments between reenactors. There are a LOT of people who love their highly embroidered cloaks and apron panels, but there have been a scant number of textile artifacts that display embroidery.

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RAM Vikings – Pins, keys, and rings

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Today’s post from the Royal Alberta Museum Viking display from Denmark is from a display with a number of trefoil brooches, penannular brooches, pins, rings, and keys. I’m not entirely sure what the common element is between all of these – other than things made of (mostly) bronze, worn as personal adornment.

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