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Herjolfsnes no.39

The is probably the best preserved garment amongst the finds from the late 14th century Herjolfsnes. It likely belonged to a woman about 30-40 of age, 150 cm tall. Due to her kyphoscoliosis, she was a bit hunched-up, and as a result stood another 5 cm shorter.

Triangular gores were inserted into the front and back pieces. The sidegores were made from 1 piece of fabric that has been extended down to the armpit with additional pieces, and divided in the middle by a false seam. The garment was patched on the chest. Short sleeves had one inserted gore on the base in the back.


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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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