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The Vikings frequently crafted their clothing from wool, a material which helped to protect them from fierce winters and could be hand-crafted with relative ease.
Viking men often wore long clothes such as tunics and trousers, which were held up by a belt or sash. Constant exposure to the cold weather necessitated the need for fur-trimmed cloaks and long-sleeved jerkins in addition to necessary Viking clothes.
Many Viking cloaks fastened at the shoulder with a brooch or a pin. For foot protection, Viking warriors often wore leather boots. Viking women had similar clothing to men, often substituting a long shift with a Norse overdress in place of a tunic. Women also wore cloaks, shawls, and head kerchiefs.
Here at Medieval Collectibles, we carry an excellent assortment of Norse and Viking age clothing like rus pants, dresses, tunics, shirts, and shoes. All of these clothes and more are great to wear as costumes for Renaissance fairs, LARP reenactments, and even stage productions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Was a Common Item of Viking Clothing?
Both men and women dressed in cloaks and garments made from fabrics such as wool, animal skins, and linen. Accessories including footwear were often made from leather.
How Was Viking Clothing Made?
Vikings were skillful weavers that made their own clothes. They used materials such as wool, linen, and animal skins to make clothing. They also used natural plant dyes to color their fabric.
What Kind of Clothing Did Vikings Wear?
Viking women wore strap dresses fitted with gussets to give it a shape and wore a smock or undergarment underneath it. They wore over-the-shoulder cloaks during cooler periods. The males wore trousers, tunics, and a cloak. Both wore belts to secure clothes. Viking shoes or boots were often made from leather.
What Did the Viking Warriors Wear?
Viking warrior clothing consisted of thicker cloaks or tunics made from sheep’s skin to keep them warm during a raid or battle. They also had leather body armor and shields for protection from weapons. Their strong leather waist belts helped hold weapons in place.