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Made to order in Wool! 10th- 11th c. Early Medieval/ Viking Tunic

Price:: From $134.95 to $154.95

 

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  • Based on period sources, using authentic lines
  • Affordable price makes it ideal for a new reenactor dressing up an existing wardrobe
  • No visible machine stitching
  • Available as made to order only in Wool
  • See our Fabric Selection page for available options
  • Select your size and fabric choice from the drop down menu and write in your color choice in the comments box during checkout
  • Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery
  • Also see our in stock Linen Viking Tunic
  • Available in a muted palette appropriate for the dyes commonly used in period
  • All interior seams finished
  • Price: $134.95
Our Linen Apron Dress in Slate Blue worn with our Linen Kirtle in Oatmeal and viking hood(left)
and our Mens Viking Tunic in Dark Brown worn with Viking Pants in Oatmeal and Leg Wraps in Blue Tweed (right)

About our Men's Viking Tunic 


One of the most ubiquitous garments for new reenactors is the so-called T-tunic. But in reality, a proper, early Medieval tunic is a far more sophisticated garment, with full skirts and a tapered sleeve. At times, the distinction between shirt and tunic blurred, with the latter being most notable for being made of undyed linen. In cooler weather, tunics could also be layered for warmth, with a wool tunic, often covering a linen shirt and a linen tunic.

We have based our Viking Age tunic on a number of 11th century sources, showing the growing influence of southern European dress. Examples include the shirts pictured in Anglo-Saxon Tiberius Calendar, the Bayeux Tapestry, that worn by Cnut in the Liber Vitae and Thorkell in the Eadui Psalter The Revival Viking Tunic is cut straight through torso with many gores to create a full skirted bottom hem. The neck hole is a distinctive, square shape with a front center-slit, while the sleeves are cut straight for a more fitted line around the wrist and forearm.

About our Viking Age / Early Medieval Line

"AD. 793. This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land of the Northumbrians, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament. These tremendous tokens were soon followed by a great famine: and not long after, on the sixth day before the ides of January in the same year, the harrowing inroads of heathen men made lamentable havoc in the church of God in Holy-island (Lindisfarne), by rapine and slaughter." - The Anglo Saxon Chronicle

In the late 8th century, Scandinavian sea-pirates sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne, heralding in the so-called Viking Age, a term applied to the eighth through eleventh centuries, in which Norsemen traders and raiders, explored Europe, and settled in Normandy, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Vinland. To the east, they set themselves up as the rulers of Russian Kiev, pressed into Anatolia and took service as the famed Varangian Guard of the Byzantine Emperors.

Our new Viking Age product line will be continuously growing with representations of the fashions of the Norse, Anglo-Saxons and Normans civilizations of this period. Regardless of which of these cultures one portrays, there are a number of common truths for Northern European fashion in this period. Linen was the most fabric for clothing, followed by a variety of different weight wools used for overtunics, cloaks and overdresses. Silk, as an extremely rare, luxury fabric, was only used for small trim or accents.

The period leading to the Viking Age was a conservative one, with localized cultures and limited trade. Consequently, many similarities of cut and fit exist between late Roman era Germanic dress and Viking era, Scandinavian clothes, until very late in the period.

Read more about Viking culture in our From the Pen of History article: The Gift of a Shirt

 

Photo Gallery 



Our Linen Apron Dress in Slate Blue worn with our Linen Kirtle in Oatmeal and viking hood(right)

and our Mens Viking Tunic in Dark Brown worn with Viking Pants in Oatmeal and Leg Wraps in Blue Tweed (left)

Our Viking Tunic in Sage worn with our Viking Pants in Slate Blue, Leg Wraps in Olive and Viking Turn Boots

 


-our linen Viking tunic in Brick Red worn with linen Viking Pants in
sage, wool Leg Wraps in brown tweed and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking tunic in sage worn with linen Viking Pants in slate
blue, wool Leg Wraps in olive and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking Apron Dress in Brick Red worn with linen Kirtle in
dark brown, Viking hood in white and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking Apron Dress in oatmeal worn with linen Kirtle in
dark green and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking Apron Dress in sage worn with linen Kirtle in gold
and Viking turn boots
 

 

Colors and Fabrics 

Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

 

Wool Fabric



Burgundy Tweed, Black/ White Tweed, Brown Tweed, Solid Brown, Oatmeal, Olive,
Navy, Pine Green, Red, Blue, Dark Green, Rust

 

Black/ White Tweed -a white and black herringbone twill 
Brown Tweed -a rich brown with flecks of gold and burgundy 
Solid Brown -a chocolate brown basket weave 
Blue -a true rich royal blue 
Burgundy Tweed -a deep wine color with flecks of Gold and Green
Rust- a medium burgundy, brick red color
Pine Green- a dark green with a bluish tint
Navy- a dark midnight blue 
Oatmeal -a natural heather in an un-dyed look
Olive -a solid in a deep, olive green

 

Size Chart 

 

Size Chest Measurement Waist Measurement
Medium fits up to 44" / 112cm 48" / 122cm
Large fits up to 50" / 127cm 54" / 137cm
XLarge fits up to 56" / 142cm 60" / 152cm
XXLarge fits up to 62" / 157cm 64" / 162cm

Note: Sizing on our tunic is judged by chest size because it is meant to fit loosely in the waist and to be worn with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos). 

 

 

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