For those of my readers who have, or can get, a subscription to Archaeological Textiles Review, be advised that Issue No. 59 of that publication is out. For those who do not and cannot get a subscription, two of the articles in Issue No. 59 are available on academia.edu:
- Vedeler, Marianne and Hammarlund, Lena. Reconstructing the Tunic from Lendbreen in Norway. Archaeological Textile Review No. 59, p. 24 (2017).
- Demant, Ida. Making a Reconstruction of the Egtved Clothing. Archaeological Textile Review No. 59, p. 33 (2017).
The Lendbreen tunic is a long-sleeved, longish shirt, probably for a thin, smallish man or an adolescent boy, that was found in the ice near Lendbreen, Norway; it is dated to the third century CE. The Lendbreen project actually made two reproductions: one for the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Mountain Centre in Lom. The wool of the Norwegian Villsau sheep was chosen because these sheep have a coat with both fine and coarse fiber. The wook was hand rooed (i.e., plucked from the sheep) but spun by machine to save time and cost. Fabric for the project was woven on a warp-weighted loom and sewn by hand emulating the period stitches used. The two tunics took a total of 804.5 hours to make.
In contrast, Ida Demant's reconstruction of the Egtved girl's clothing from the Bronze Age (a short wool blouse and a corded skirt) took surprisingly little time to make. The corded skirt (actually a skirt made of separate plied cords incorporated into a waistband, as the article itself points out) took an estimated 30-35 hours to make. Demant does not discuss how long the blouse took, but it was woven in a simple tabby weave, and the sewing involved is not complicated, as I learned when I made a cruder version of the same garment.
Both articles look fascinating and I plan to plunge into them in greater detail. People interested in reconstruction of historical clothing, as well as people interested in Scandinavian Iron Age and Bronze Age clothing, owe it to themselves to study these accounts.