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This tunic has a complicated pattern. First of all, each sleeve is asymmetric front-to-back, with the back part bigger than the front, and the function of that is not clear. Secondly, the patterning of neckline is unusual in that the main vertical opening is in the back, yet also a smaller opening exists in the front, and it was probably laced. This piece was found in the Kragelund bog by the town of Vyborg in Denmark, and was originally dated to 12-13 century, but it could have been older than that, down to 1040-1155.


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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 - Undergowns, part 1
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