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