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Skjoldehamn by VendelRus Skjoldehamn by VendelRus
This is me wearing my leather tunic. It is (like some of my other garnments) based on the "Skjoldehamn tunic". The hood is also based on Skjoldehamn. It is hand stitched in vegetably tanned leather with waxed three threaded linen thread. It is sewn in Hedeby seam. The front of the tunic can be seen here: [link]

I'm also wearing my Anglo-saxon seax, details visible here: [link]

Apart from a badass tunic and a big knife I am also wearing my child (Hervor) and a pair of horribly modern ankle boots. Do not judge...
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I realize you don't exist to answer dumb questions from Random Internet People, but why did they wear what look like puttees? Was it for extra warmth or to keep snow/grass/etc out of the tops of their boots, like modern gaiters? Was it just cheaper/easier to make and fit than higher leather boots?

Beautiful sewing and research job -- I really can't say that enough!
VendelRus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014 prob :) Sorry for my late reply. I think it is a combination of practical use and style. All finds seem to point to that the leg wraps were made of wool. The fabric is both warming and has a nice look about it. They are surprisingly comfortable.
CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Huh, that makes sense -- it's a pain to have chilly wind blowing up your pant legs, and you're right -- it does look sharp. 
evebluesoul Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hervor is so Big..still remember baby photos and such a nice viking clothes
VendelRus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
:) Yeah, you have been with me for a long time. I'm glad you still look in on my stuff from time to time :)
AWC3117 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hervor is a nice name.
VendelRus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
It is a wonderful name. Now a days it's almost extinct here in Sweden. 
odhinnfist Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
How does it feel wearing a leather tunic? I am used to linen and wool. I'm thinking of making one of these.
VendelRus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
It feels different. You will have to wear an under tunic, otherwise the leather will fell sticky and weird on your skin. The leather, (I used cow skin) needless to say, is not as forgiving and flexible as a linen or wool tunic so if you make it tight (and you should) it will take some time to put on. It isolates heat very well, both your own body heat and the heat from the sun, making it ideal during both winter and summer. Furthermore it repels rain very well. I use saddle wax to make it even stronger.

Good luck!

anthropomorphiccanin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, I don't know much about clothing of the ages or its vocabulary but here goes.

I really love the hood and the cape part. The whole picture is so beautiful and homely, like an ordinary day minus any staging by the photographer. Really a great job.
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