Monday, March 16, 2009
Viking Apron Dresses--Tube-Shapes
Today, I'd like to show you two more recent Viking apron dress experiments.
The one on the left is conjectural; it is a simple tube of cloth with straps. It is based on the assumption that the apron dress evolved from the peplos, a tubular dress fastened at the top with brooches. The dress found in the Huldremose bog is believed to have been one of those.
The one on the right is based upon a Danish find. It is also believed to have been a tube, but has a number of pleats held down with a small strip of tablet woven cloth.
Both of these have straps that are made of a single piece of wool twill tape; they are not long loops, as is suggested by textile finds on brooch pins. My most recent recreations use loops for straps, as you will see later. Both dresses are made from 100% wool and are machine sewn but hand hemmed and hand finished.