The Vikings of Bjornstad - Viking Museum Iceland  A mitten made from wool fabric sewed together.

The Vikings of Bjornstad - Viking Museum Iceland, mitten made from wool fabric sewed together.

"Is This Norway's Oldest Mitten?" another photograph of the Viking Age mitten from Lendbreen, photograph by Hallgeir Aunan/NRK.

Her er Norges eldste klesplagg

"Is This Norway's Oldest Mitten?" photograph of the Viking Age mitten found by a shrinking glacier in the mountains of south Norway in from Lendbreen, photograph by Hallgeir Aunan/NRK.

Petras textila resa: Vikingatida, isländska, sydda vantar. Viking age, icelandic, sewn mittens.

Petras textila resa: Vikingatida, isländska, sydda vantar. Viking age, icelandic, sewn mittens.

National Museum of Iceland. Mitten from Arneiðarstaðir, Fljótsdalhérad, east Iceland. Made from Nålebinding in Oslo stitch/Type IIa, the mitten was discovered in 1889 and described in 1895 by Pálmi Pálsson as being 26cm long, 12 cm wide, and from 10th century.

Knitted Mitten - Wool, made using nålebinding technique - Arneiðarstaðir, Fljótsdalhérad, east Iceland - National Museum of Iceland - century

The discovery of the kyrtel in 2011 was just such a stroke of luck. Made of lamb’s wool and big enough to fit someone about five foot nine, the garment is 1,700 years old.  Norway icemelt.

A kyrtel, a tunic woven from heavy wool, was found in an area exposed by the retreating Lendbreen ice patch (top). It is remarkably preserved, and detailed examination (above) shows it to be around years old.

Møgelmose_Skinddragt Leather tunic  National Museum of Denmark. Edit: Iron Age not Viking period apparently

Møgelmose_Skinddragt Leather tunic 'Viking period' Iron age National Museum of Denmark

Some designs have been around awhile.  The connected mittens are a long tradition!  Both the mittens and sock are again made of cut and pieced woolen cloth, the sting appears to be plaited.

The Vikings of Bjornstad - Viking Museum Iceland. Some designs have been around awhile. The connected mittens are a long tradition! Both the mittens and sock are again made of cut and pieced woolen cloth, the sting appears to be plaited

I found this link to e so interesting I was amazed at how old some of these mummies are! 10 Ancient Faces – best preserved bodies of the last 5,000 years | this  Tocharian female is a Tarim mummy and lived around 1,000 BC.  She was tall, with a high nose and long flaxen blond hair, perfectly preserved in ponytails.  The weave of her clothing appears similar to Celtic cloth.  She was around 40 years-old when she died.

Tocharian female is a Tarim mummy and lived around BC. She was tall, with a high nose and long flaxen blond hair, perfectly preserved in ponytails. The weave of her clothing appears similar to Celtic cloth. She was around 40 years-old when she died.

Guddal Tunic - This garment from 11th - 12th century Norway could potentially be out of the Viking era.

Another photo of the gorgeous striped woollen blanket or cloak from Guddal, Norway. Museum : Universitetsmuseet i Bergen, InventoryNo : Motif : Guddal-drakten, BRM

The Orkney Hood made between 250 - 615 AD. Discovered in a bog on the Scottish island of Orkney in 1867 and was most likely worn by a child, Museums of Scotland,

“The Orkney Hood. Made of wool, it dates from 250 - 615 AD. Found in a bog (image National Museums of Scotland)”

Preserved viking Age dress in Denmark

Amazingly preserved Iron Age dress in Denmark - from the Huldremose woman. There's been patterned cloth for a long time!

Bone / horn comb with comb case. Viking. Gotland.

Bone / horn comb with comb case. *** vikings had switchblade combs I'mma die

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