For the eighth challenge of the Historical Sew Fortnightly, “By the Sea”, I made a cap for my brother, who does Viking re-enactment.
I had bought an old fur collar years ago, as I intended to make a fur trimmed cap for him, but never got round to making it. Now was the perfect time to finally do it.
Fabric:Fine tabby woven wool, fur (fox, I think) for trim.
Pattern:I googled this kind of cap, them measured and cut.
Year:Viking age, so somewhere between late 8th to mid 11th centuries.
Notions:Unbleached linen thread.
How historically accurate is it?It’s hand sewn with waxed linen thread, using historic stitches, but as for the pattern and linen lining – who knows? There are very few extant fabrics from this period, and most are really tiny. In “Viking Clothing”, by Thor Ewing, several types of pointed, conical caps are mentioned, from picture stones, written accounts by Muslim observers, and the Nordic sagas. Wool and silk, gold, silver and sable trim are found in graves, or mentioned. So I’d say it’s plausible.
First worn:For the pictures, but it is likely to see a lot of use during the summer.
Total cost:The fabric was left over from old projects, so nothing. The fur cost 20 SEK, I think, which would be $3,16, £2,04 or €2.37.