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Fashioning the Viking Age

Fashioning the Viking Age
Fashioning the Viking Age

Fashioning the Viking Age is a collaboration between Ulla Mannering and Charlotte Rimstad, the National Museum Denmark, Ida Demant, Lejre Land of Legends and Eva Andersson Strand, Centre for Textile Research at UCPH. The aim of the project is to create new and archaeologically well-founded interpretations and reconstructions of Viking Age textiles and clothing.

The Viking Age is a popular period of the Scandinavian prehistory and both museums and living history centers are engaged in the dissemination of this fascinating period. It is necessary to reconstruct garments in order to make history come alive. However, contrary to what many people think, this is not an easy task as the archaeological finds – on which the garments should be based – are often small and fragmented, poorly documented and hard to “translate” into whole garments from all parts of society. In this project, we demonstrate and visualize the variation of the textile qualities, based on the preserved archaeological textile and tool material used in the Viking Age. From this knowledge we reconstruct two full high-class outfits. We also create an overview of the large bulk of other archaeological and literary sources, their dating and interpretations which can be used in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval garment reconstruction.

Read more about the three parts of the projects here.

You can follow the project on Instagram: @fashioningthevikingage


The project is funded by the VELUX FOUNDATION with a grant from the Museum Program of 5.5 mio. DKK. The project was launched in September 2018, and will run until August 2021.

VELUX FONDEN (a part of THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) is a philanthropic foundation that supports scientific, cultural, social and environmental purposes. Further grant areas are active senior citizens, gerontology and ophthalmology. In 2018, VELUX FONDEN granted approx. EUR 35 million.

VELUX FONDEN was established in 1981 by graduate engineer Villum Kann Rasmussen - the founder of VELUX and other companies in the VKR Group, whose mission it is to bring daylight, fresh air and a better environment into people’s everyday lives.

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