Viking clothing being studied at Copenhagen University

Fragments of clothing from the Viking Age are usual all that have survived to be found. However, over time these findings have enabled archaeologists to gain a better picture of how Viking Age people dressed. And while Viking films and enthusiasts likely are not spot on when it comes to how the Vikings dressed a thousand years ago, then they did dress in various materials and colors – and fashion trends did evolve during the Viking period.

Cloth were also in the Viking Age used as status symbols. This included local rare materials (like high quality furs) and materials rare or no native to Scandinavia (such as silk). Cloth were also more colorful than one would suspect, and especially the colored blue and red are common during the whole Viking Age.


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