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Herjolfsnes no.45

This is another garment from 14th century Herjolfsnes, Greenland. It was long, extending down to mid-calf, put on through the head, and worn without a belt. Because this garment is quite loose below the breast, it has been hypothesized that the perswon who wore it, was either very strongly built, or else a bit fat. Judging by the proportions of the garment, the owner was probably a man. The pocket slits here are better positioned than in the find #43 from Herjolfsnes (previous pattern). Unfortunately, only one sleeve remained, and that was short. However, the bottom of the sleeve was not hemmed, so there is still a question whether the sleeves were longer. The traditional front and back gores were made of 2 triangles, but the 2 sidegores were additionally divided with a false seam to make an appearance of 4 gores on each sidegore.


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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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