The Herjolfsnes Tunic – Handsewn and Completely Authentic

Today we present to you a completely hand made tunic based on the finds from the medieval settlement of Herjolfsnes in Greenland. It was discovered and excavated by Danish archaeologist Paul Norlund in 1921. Among the ruins of the settlement, he discovered a cemetery with a multitude of well preserved remains, dressed in the fashion of their time of death ranging from late 13th to early 15th century. Most of the garments found there were dated to the 14th century and provide a very interesting perspective on fashion, patterns and textile use and manufacture.

Our medieval tunic has a couple of differences from the original – it lacks the cleavage and the holes on the sides. Otherwise, it’s made exclusively based on the measurements from the archaeological find. We also did our best to copy the stitching methods used on the original and made it all by hand. It was a time consuming project but the results are well worth the time.

When it comes to reconstructing garments, this is as close to the original medieval tunic that one can get. Our patterns are accurate, the texiles and threads – as similar to the originals as possible, and the stitches – same as the archaeological find.


14th century Bulgarian Nobleman’s Tunic

Today we present to you a fabulous late medieval tunic as part of a 14th century Bulgarian nobleman reconstruction.

This is a somewhat universal type of medieval tunic. Garments like that have been worn throughout the Middle Ages all over Europe. This one, however, is based on murals and archaeological finds from Bulgaria and the Balkans.

The tunic model is designed according to 14th century fashion and is based on patterns and tailoring practices as seen in various late medieval clothing examples.

As for the materials, it’s made of fine dark red wool, yellow linen lining and gorgeous Byzantine-style silk. The silk has beautiful woven medallions with griffins, birds and two-headed eagles in traditional Byzantine fashion. We used it to decorate the rims of the garment as well as the neckline, around the biceps on the sleeves and the cuffs. The buttons on the front opening are made of amber, and the ones on the cuffs are yellow agate.

Most of the work on this medieval tunic was made by sewing machine, except for the details and decorations. The silk was hand stitched to the garment as well as the buttons which are reinforced to withstand a lot of wear and tear.

Overall, this is a very fancy medieval tunic made in characteristic Byzantine fashion. Garments like that were widely popular among the courts in all kingdoms on the Balkans, and were a matter of pride and prestige.

To see more of our reconstructions on various garments from different time periods – visit our Medievalisticals page in FB.

A Simple Bulgarian Tunic

This is a simple medieval tunic based on a couple of burial site garments. It is a part of a soldier’s outfit from the time of the Second Bulgarian Tsardom ( XII-th – XIV-th centuries ). There is barely anything unusual to it except he buttons and the neck slit. It’s made of linen, and it’s mostly machine made. It’s a great thing to wear during the summer heatwave on the Balkans. We’ve tested our summer garments plenty of times and have come up with the conclusion that linen is the most suitable material for this type of clothes.

Here are some photos of the tunic, taken during our recent visit to Sigishoara, Romania.

It is to be noted, that the tunic has the following bonuses:

+5 to attractiveness
+3 to look like a boss


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Western European Woolen tunic – XI-XIVth centuries

Turns out, quite a lot of our post recently seem to be based on the ever-present Mac-bible. This one will be no-exception.  As I am working towards a reconstruction of a low-to-mid level knight in the time frame 1150-1250, this is just another element of it.
The tunic is made from 100% wool, machine-stitched and finished by hand.
As one can see from the pictures it really goes well with the red hood, so my next task (after i finish my winter hosen – stay tuned) will be to make an apropriate hood to go with this earlier reconstruction.

It will also serve as a base for my wizard’s personna for larping. How cool is that?
Also sorry for the bad quality of some of the pictures.


Linen Tunic XII-XIIIth Century

And another tunic. This one is completely hand-made, from 100% linen, with cotton threads.
I based it on a pattern of an Egyptian shirt from the early XIII-th. century(I think)
It turned a bit tighter than I expected, but nonetheless it’s very comfortable, especially during the summer.


Woolen Tunic XII-XIV Century

 A simple XII-XIV century tunic. It is based mainly on pictorial sources
Material: 100% wool, with cotton threads
It is completely handmade.

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