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Viking woman by weavedmagic Viking woman by weavedmagic
Hmmm so...
Smock: linen, handsewn
Kirtle: linen, handsewn; finished with tablet woven trim (bought)
Apron dress: borrowed
Belt: tablet wowen, woolen (my work)
Cape: wool.
Bag: linen, handsewn
Based on what I know about Viking clothing.

Made by: me :D
Model: me :P
Photo by: someone from Legio XXI Rapax

edit 15-01-2016: Thank you all for kind words and comments, but for historical accuracy you should know that neither wide apron straps nor these brooches (fino-ugric) are correct for Norse costume. Plus I remember no evidence on linen aprons, but it was based on what I knew 7 years ago. Things change. 
More accurate version here (excluding the sash): 
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castlegardener Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
very impressive work
paul-rosenkavalier Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful work - I love the attention to the details in this!  :)
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot :)

This is quite old photo. by that time I improved many things to be more historically accurate 
SirBlackWolfDenmark Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Yoy look wonderful :-)
KiraVanndrea Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing!
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
anj4de Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Very nice!
aldwarke Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I like this very much. Welldone in every respect.
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. It was first version. I changed it a bit since the picture was taken.
szczurek2725 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awesome :D
do you have any patterns for that? Friend asked me for such costume but I'm not sure how to do it (I can sew don't worry ;)) cause I want it be as realistic as possible.
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sukienka i giezło na postawie tuniki z haithabu, fartuch luźno inspirowany znaleziskiem z tego samego miejsca. Jak poszukasz po nazwie miejsca znajdzie się tego sporo - akurat nie mam nic pod ręką żeby zalinkować.
szczurek2725 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
dzięki :)
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Looks good to me. This must represent a wealthier Viking woman in certain ways, as linen wasn't inexpensive. At the same time, if she were really wealthy, there would be more jewelry visible.

As you might have guessed, my background includes a lot of historical study, some of it academic.

weavedmagic Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, you're right.  
As you may see this was posted like 4 years ago, so it's not my current set ( this is how it looks now).
I'm reenacting a crafter - weaver to be precise, but as far as weaving cloth was everyday work tablet weaving wasn't, and that's what I'm doing. Personally I prefer to wear higher quality clothes than to hang myself with tons of silver :)
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As a weaver, that makes perfect sense. It displays the clothing to advantage without distracting from it. I happen to like linen, but I'm well aware that it's still not an inexpensive choice, and I rather doubt it ever will be.
EruwenRose Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work! I like your cape :)
Wordsmithcrafts Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Artist
shiny-kiyoko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot i like it ^^
Billy-Blues Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful reference, and inspiring.

I hope you don't mind my (loosely) emulating this in artwork; it's kind of how I envision Idunn.
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure, but I want to see the result ;)
Sebistara Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are a beautiful Lady. oOo
Could stare at this friendly smile forever. >/////<
We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Artist
Did Viking Woman Ever Cary Any Weapons? Just Wondering.
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I`ll ask you back- do you carry a gun all the time?

If you consider kitchen knife, saff, hatchet or axe a weaopn - sure, they had acces to it. Some experienced to hunting could use pikes, spears or bows. But only when there was no other option. When traveling foreign lands they rarely go unguarded, at home they had their men, fathers and sons. There was no need for them to fight. And in danger eaven a brooch needle can be a weapon.
That`s as far as I know.

Ah, and if you were thinking about a sword - no. It was a rarity eaven among well seasoned warriors.
We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artist
Some Women's Graves Were Found To Have War Weapons Buried With Them In Britain. As Well As A Historical Attestation In Bulgaria Were The Victors Were Shocked To Discover That Some Armed Combatants Were Found To Be Female. I'm Not Stating This As Fact But I Want To Know For Sure Because I Don't Feel I Should Assume A Persons Gender Roles On A Society Were Women Had Better Rights. Even Women Were Allowed To Go On Voyages And Trade In Viking Culture.
I Also Found It Interesting How Legends Could Tell A Different Story On The Roles Of Women In These Viking Societies As Warriors Like Shield Maidens And Valkyries. Maybe These Stories Have Some Truth In Them. Or Maybe It Was Simply Symbolic Of The Nature Of The Women In Viking Culture. It's Very Tempting To Believe In Things Such As This But I Know I Should Remain Critical Of It, But I Think I Also Should Be Equally Critical Of The Assumptions Concerning Gender Roles.

To Answer You're Question I Don't Carry A Gun, But I Do Carry One Knife Everywhere. But I Can See Your Point In Some Description Describing A Knife Or Any Tool Can Be Used As A Weapon And I Agree With You In Confidence That What You Said Is True. I Should Have Been More Clear With My Question.

Thank You For Your Input, And I Love Your Picture.
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don`t deny that there could be woman fighters - rare but not impossible. Desperation or ambition leads to what`s necesery. Now an then we have a warrior queen or woman commander in many cultures. Eaven im my city there`s a legend of women defending abadonned city - by trick not by force, but fact is a fact. But defending your own life or your home doesn`t make you a "solider with armour and sword".
Female burrial with weapon may mark her as a jarl`s widow or a noble who become a warleader in lack of proper men to this function (or her own ambitions ect.), but doesn`t have to mean she fought with that sword or eaven could use it. It could be placed there as a symbol.

As for your knife - I`m happy to live in a place where I don`n have to.

And valkyries... probably mens deside that fev of living wished to follow ;)
We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Artist
Very Interesting. But You're Right Fact Is Fact, Thank You For Your Time. I Really Don't Use My Knife As A Weapon At All But In A Country With Guns I Still Have It In Mind As A Last Resort, But I'd Rather Run.

It's Been Pleasant Talking To You. Good Day.
ErlinOdGORa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
This looks so true =)
It just need a small knife to be complete, there is even a key =D
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)

(there is a knife - on my left below the hand ^_^ )
ErlinOdGORa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Ah, than it is complete =D
What is this costume made for??
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That set was my official outfit for history lessons in museum I work in. Part of it is my private stuff for living history events.
ErlinOdGORa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Tel me more about LH events you been to.
Im trying to create Celtic/Viking farmstead on my estate in Serbia, but with my incomes its tooo slow...
BottleOfHell Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What amazing craftsmanship.
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^_^
Vequel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Bardzo ładnie wykonany strój :) Śliczne krajki tkasz
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dziękuję :)
Pathronox Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it
SkaldicArts Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
selskyboy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uber cool... do you take orders?
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nope, but I do take commissions ;P
Rulhoolie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Incredibly awesome!!
Gracious1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Both the costume and the model are gorgeous! great job. c:
VickitoriaEmbroidery Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic outfit!! Looks awesome!
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^
Nariane Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
STelari Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
tyle co krajkami raczej Słowianki się przepasają, my bardziej skórzanopasowe :)
weavedmagic Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
W pasek już zdążyłam się od tamtego czasu zaopatrzyć. Z drugiej strony nie zauważyłam aż tak ortodoksyjnego rozróżnienia wśród rekonstruktorów.
Poza tym "my"... jako rzemieślniczka z dużej osady handlowej mogę sobie chyba pozwolić na gadżety z różnych kultur dopóki nie zakłócają one całości obrazu - inaczej po co by była ta cala wymiana handlowa.
Luigiht-Herval Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I like it! ^^
PetStudent Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice! I like the colours and the overall impression, but I'm of course most impressed by the belt. Really nice garb!
bear48 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional
very impressive
Shogun1701 Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice :-)
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