Viking Clothing

Most Viking clothing was made from wool which would be taken from their sheep herds and then spun into cloth by women. Linen was also used by a lot of Vikings. It was also quite common for Viking women to dye the cloth they created - evidence shows that they used natural dyes to colour cloth green, red, brown, blue and yellow.

Most Viking women would wear long dresses over which they would typically wear an apron like tunic made from wool. This would be attached to the dress with brooches or other ornamental fastenings. Viking women also often wore belts from which they could hang eating implements and keys etc. Depending on the weather the typical Viking woman may also have worn a shawl and/or a cloak and hats made from wool or fur were commonly worn in colder weather. Viking women would also wear socks made from wool and shoes made from leather or sometimes sealskin. Single Viking women were allowed to wear their hair long and without a covering but, once they married, they would generally tie up their hair and cover it.

Viking men used to wear a long shirt which was made from wool and trousers. These would be held in place either by a draw-string or by a sash of material. They also used to wear a kind of sleeved jacket or jerkin or a short coat. This again would have some form of belt from which the Viking could hang work tools, pouches and eating implements. In winter they would keep warm with cloaks and with hats made from wool or fur. Like Viking women many men would wear socks made from wool and shoes or boots (ankle/knee) made from leather. If the Viking man was in a fighting situation then he would also wear a form of protective chain mail.