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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aarhus University Press (31 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8779342981
  • ISBN-13: 978-8779342989
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 31.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J D Taylor on 29 Jan. 2013
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To tell the truth i bought this book because i had some vouchers i wanted to spend and this has been on my wish list for a while. I did not know what it contained. A lot of clothing books lack detailed illustration and other helpful hints and tips.

I am very happy to say that this is not the case with this volume. Illustrated throughout with the actual example of the garment AND reconstructions of the garment. Full and detailed descriptions of the sewign style, warp and wheft of the fabric and detailed tutorials regardign the style of construction and sewign technique.

Very much A must in any re-enactor or LARPers Library
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Poole on 19 May 2013
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A well-written and well-researched book giving a survey of Viking-era clothing. Please be aware that the book covers clothing from Greenland, so it may not apply to your particular requirements for other geographic locations. The drawings are very detailed as is the information on each garment.

A good book for a particular time and place as well as an excellent guide for basic clothing construction techniques.
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First things first: this is a sister book to "Woven into the Earth: Textile Finds in Norse Greenland", which is also by Else Ostergard. It is not intended as a stand-alone, nor as a detailed account of the Greenland textiles. For that, you want the other book. Also, as with its sister book, this book is only going to appeal to those who are rather obsessed about medieval costumes.

Note: this book does not discuss Viking clothing. Although it is about clothing from Greenland, none of the clothing dates to before 1250 and most of it is dated to the 14th Century. These clothes are medieval.

So, what does the book contain? Most of the photographs of the garments and nearly all of the diagrams are also in 'Woven'. Most of this book is, instead, taken up with patterns. These are on modern grid-paper and there are several sizes drawn. Unfortunately, they are based on the extant garments, rather than on a hypothesis of how the extant garments were made (see 'Medieval Clothing and Textiles' vol. 4 for an interpretation of that). The most useful thing (IMO) about the patterns is that the extant garments are also drawn out on grid paper - so, you can work out lots of useful measurements that are not written down in either book but are necessary for making reproductions.

The book also discusses the production of several reproductions. The section on spinning and weaving is excellent and there is lots to learn there. Unfortunately, the reproductions were sewn using sewing machines and modern techniques (perhaps the project ran out of funding?) and so the section on sewing is little more than a copy of the information in 'Woven', with the added frustration that one of the diagrams is different to in 'Woven' and no explanation is given.
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This book contains patterns reconstructed from grave finds in Greenland, mostly for men's tunics and trousers as well as a few small pieces such as liripipe hoods. However, it's much more useful than that. It also has notes on fibres, weaves and spinning techniques, dyes, fasteners - basically everything you would need to actually recreate the garments. This would probably be of most interest to the serious re-enactor or museum conservationist.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoJo on 8 Jun. 2013
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Excellent and well researched with good diagrams. A more academic approach and requires experience to reproduce the clothes.
A little 'stuffy' so re-enacters may find this less appealing if using for their apparel. Still, it is a great source book and the information relevant to Norse costume.
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