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Herjolfsnes no.63

Incomplete outer garment found during excavation in Greenland. Body of the garment, extending down a bit below the knees, consists of 8 similar pieces sewn together with decorative seams. Each sleeve consists of 4 pieces, probably to save fabric. The dress is buttoned up in the front with a big number of buttons: the buttonholes are spaced at 1.8 cm from each other. Unfortunately, it is not clear how far down the buttons went, as only the top 15 buttonholes survived.

A similar, but much less preserved garment, also found in Herjolfsnes (#64), had a row of 12 buttons, extending from the neck 27 cm down, just a bit above the waist. Buttons were skipped on the waist, to have room for the belt.

Both dresses had 2 or 3 buttons approximately 20 cm from the lower rim to better protect against cold.


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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 - Outer garments, part 1
Copyright Martina a Martin Hřibovi 2006