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.


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