Smock: linen, handsewn
Kirtle: linen, handsewn; finished with tablet woven trim (bought)
Apron dress: borrowed
Belt: tablet wowen, woolen (my work)
Bag: linen, handsewn
Based on what I know about Viking clothing.
Made by: me
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):
This is quite old photo. by that time I improved many things to be more historically accurate
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.
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.
I hope you don't mind my (loosely) emulating this in artwork; it's kind of how I envision Idunn.
Could stare at this friendly smile forever. >/////<
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.
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.
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
It's Been Pleasant Talking To You. Good Day.
It just need a small knife to be complete, there is even a key
(there is a knife - on my left below the hand ^_^ )
What is this costume made for??
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.