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Herjolfsnes no.88

This rather tight, but unfortunately poorly preserved pair of hose was found in a grave together with a tunic #45 in excavations of 14th century Herjolfsnes, Greenland. We had to construct one hose out of the preserved pieces of the two hose of the pair: the upper part covering the leg but not the foot was modeled after one hose of the pair, and the foot was modeled after the remains of the other hose. Interestingly, the preserved fragments of the foot part from the two hose were quite different, but the differences were largely confined to the size of the pieces from which the garment was sewn together. We found one peculiarity in the pattern of the hose. The back seam, which usually goes straight up the leg to the waist, did so in this pattern up to the level of the butt, and then turned inward. We think that this construction made a deeper pocket for the groin than usual, and may have made for a more comfortable garment.


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Based on: Meddelelser om Gronland, Buried Norsemen at Herjolfsnes; Dr.phil. Poul Norlund; Copenhagen 1924; C.A.Reitzel

Patterns of extant garments - Hoses, part 1
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