So about 3days ago I posted about what women wore or would have worn in the viking age, today its the mens turn. Using my husbands kit as a model, I will do my best to make a list.
So just like the women, men would wear several layers of clothing on their upper body depending on the weather.
- Layer 1, would consist of an under-tunic in linnen ( my husband doesn’t but he’s a warm blooded dude and easily get too warm). Just like the women’s first layer this would be a natural linnen colour, but again that’s a matter of taste and some have brown tunics or blue ones.
- Layer 2, an over-tunic made from wool or linnen. Colour varies here depending on choice. Just like the women’s serk, tunics were often adorned with tabletwoven bands, posamente, embroideries or brooches/fibula.
- Layer 3 is optional depending on the weather, my husband has an extra thick woolen tunic when it gets really cold.
In the pants section you get 2 choices as a man ( lucky men :p), you can choose between a wide puffy pants or a tighter/ normal pants. These pants didn’t have pockets so whatever you had to take with, had to be on either your belt or in a bag.
Belts were a lot thinner then their “offspring”, the most commonly found width is 2 cm and had both a buckle and strap end. Its a bit like the women’s belt but men only wore leather belts and again the most important item on your belt was your knife. Besides the knife men would wear belt-bags to put their valuables in, sometimes a seax and in times of battle a sword. Belts were also a manner of showing of your riches as you can see in my last post.
winingas or legwraps, were sometimes worn to gather the pants at the ankles. These legwraps are also believed to have protected men from thorny bushes and cold. Some wrap them starting from the knee so that you don’t need any kind of fastening, others (like my husband) wrap them from the ankles up, in this case you need fastening in form of a fibula or hooks.
Cloaks, kaftans and hoods
Men could also wear kaftans when too cold, these were shorter then the female version but looked rather the same.
Hoods would be worn by both men and women, the most common one in the reenacting world is the skjoldehamn hood. This is a very easy to make model and covers most of your chest,back and shoulders and of course your head :p
As I said in my last post shoes were unisex, both men and women wore the same type of shoe. Most models were ankle high but there are finds of higher shaft shoes, shoes were often tied with laces but again there are finds with more elaborate closing systems. A loop and a knot system was found in both York and Hedeby.
Rich men would wear triangle shaped hats, often trimmed with fur and with a silver cap end. I could not tell you if women wore similar hats, but I have not yet seen one wearing on of these only men.
Other type of hats were more a bowl shaped hat, this could also be adorned with fur or a tabletwoven band as shown below. I have seen women wearing this type of hat so I guess its ok 😀 There is also a needlebound version of this shape, so I guess you could call it a viking beanie.
Did women really wear head coverings to hide their hair? I don’t really think they did but again that’s open for discussion, maybe after Christianisation.
So I guess that covers the men, there will probably be a part 3 with accessories or patterns.