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...and hits me on the head.

No kidding.

Anyway, I picked up 3 yards of red and white striped linen from the bolt that hit me. I need summer clothing like whoa and was thinking a chiton. Unfortunately, it is not my correct location.

[personal profile] zarhooie suggested an apron dress with an underdress. Anybody else have any ideas?

(By the way, nothing other than linen or cotton. It's March and already hitting 81°F/27°C.)

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Date: 2011-03-22 07:21 am (UTC)
pearl: Black and white outline of a toadstool with paint splatters. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pearl
Depending on the stripes, maybe Turkish?
(The British museum website is acting up, but like the stripes on this image from Gentile Bellini.)

The problem with stripes and Viking Age linen stuff is that there really isn't that much evidence for it. There are linen checked fabrics (think Tattersall's plaid with the really narrow contrasting stripes), but uni-directional stripes seem to be rare. Hilde Thunem has a bit about some of the linen plaids and some patterned linen, but, as Hilde notes they seem to be associated with the underdress layer, not the apron dress.

(There are other striped fabrics from the 9-10th c., but they're woollen.
For London, see this PDF, pages 7, 10-12.
For Dublin, which was red and black stripes, see:
Frances Pritchard: "Aspects of the Wool Textiles from Viking Age Dublin" NESAT 4
And Thor Ewing in Viking Clothing says that 'Veka twill' was woven in Norway with a blue and white diagonally striped effect. But then vadmal-type fabrics apparently also have that characteristic diagonal stripe, too. Which I don't think is what you were describing?)

Sorry, that got rambly. What sort of weave is the linen, and what sort of stripe? Then you can see what people in whichever times or places were weaving and wearing it.

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Date: 2011-03-22 09:27 am (UTC)
pearl: Black and white outline of a toadstool with paint splatters. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pearl
Oh, and if your heart is set on a linen chiton/peplos thing, and it has to be Northern European, you could look at the ~6th c. "Princess from Zweeloo" in the Netherlands. There's a bit of information here, including the idea that it was worn with an undertunic.

But, once again, it isn't a striped linen, but a broken diamond twill. Here are some close-ups of the reconstruction at Drents Museum.

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Date: 2011-03-26 12:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ragnvaeig
Fancy meeting you here, [personal profile] pearl!

I'd agree with Hilde, as the linen plaids I've seen from Haithabu all seemed to come from the layer closer to the skin, rather than the outer layer of clothing. The outer layers were linen in a few cases, though I couldn't say they were plaid, so I wouldn't absolutely rule out a linen apron dress if OP wanted to stick with the apron dress idea, but 3 metres is about what I use up for a normal underdress, given that I use tailored sleeves and long gores.

Would Romano-British clothing work?


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