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My viking woman costume by Ylwa My viking woman costume by Ylwa
That's my favourite medieval costume. I've made it from linen fabric and it's handsewed. To embroidery I've used woollen yarn.

I've decided to change photograph because this dress is more historically accurate and I believe it's much better :)

Photo by Kebab [link]

Original photo is moved to scraps.
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TheLiesmith Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
This is very beautiful!
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always nice to see a well-done Scandinavian mainlander outfit! Do you wear the apron dress with an opening in the side? It is all very pretty, regardless!
I really like this look. I think that it looks really becoming, also authentic. However, I have come across a few sites that reckon that there was very little green in the Viking dyers pallett if any! I cnnot believet hat because so many things give a green here in AUstralia. And I bet there are other things that give a green with natural dying over in Europe and Scandinavia.
Ulliart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like those medieval works.
We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Artist
I'm Curious. Is It Posable That Viking Women Carried Any Weapons Or Knew How To Fight? I Always Wondered If They Ever Needed To Also Defend Their Household While Their Husband Was Out Merchanting, Fishing Or Pillaging. It Would Be Awesome If It Were True. Thanks For Sharing. I love It.
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Swords have been found in graves that have been gendered as female, and it is also possible, since at times it is hard to gender a grave because bones are so damaged that ostheologists can't use their skills, that females were buried with what we commonly consider male equipment, and vice versa.
It is more than likely that there were females who were both more and less skilled at fighting. Some stayed "at home", some travelled. To my knowledge, few scramasaxes have been found in Viking Age graves (I'm happy to be contradicted by other archaeologists or reenactors though!) that have been gendered as female, but not all weapons are metal, and not all martial arts are done armed.
Probably, it happened at times that those still on a farm needed to protect it. At other times, it probably did not happen. Remember, though, that farms came in many sizes, and often, not just one family lived there, but an extended family, meaning more than one generation. And sometimes there were servants or slaves, and sometimes there were not. It also depends, probably, on when (early VA, in the late 600's and forwards - yes, I consider the VA to have started BEFORE the Lindisfarne attack -, middle, or perhaps late, towards the beginning of the 1100s) and on where (Scandinavia? Ireland? Iceland? Novgorod and the area that is now Russia? France? And so on).

I recommend for example "The Viking World" by James Graham-Campbell, as well as "The Oxford History of the Vikings", and why not Judith Jeschs many books on females in the Viking Age! For more on dress, Thord Ewing's book on clothing in the VA is, I believe, the latest comprehensive guide, but read it with a critical eye (as you should read everything). As far as I could see, though, he only made one bigger mistake, in saying Thor's hammers were a typical male accessory - in fact, as far as I am aware, the majority have been found in female-gendered graves.
Good luck with future studies!
We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Artist
Thank You For All The Information. I Wondered Allot About This. Mostly Through Various Legends About The ShieldMaidens. But When I Read This Article Saying "Are Vikings Transexuals?" My Interest Were Peaked And In The Article It Mentioned That Weapons And Other Typical Male Artifacts Were Found In Graves Who The Owners Confirmed To Be Female. IT Also Said The Same Thing In The Opposite Gender As Well. Then I Started Thinking There Might Have Been A Time Were ShieldMaidens Existed And Fought Because Not Only Vikings Claimed This Legend But The Goths, Cimbri, Marcomanni Had Accounts And Legends Of Their Own. Some Legends Do Have Some Truth To Them Sometimes. And It Wouldn't Surprise Me If It Did. It Would Ultimately Change The Way We Think About Gender Roles In Our Own Society. The Whole Mythical Manly Man Figure Is A Infatuation Perpetrated By Men In An Order To Be Dominant And The Damsel In Distress Is Just Plain Silly As My Mother Is A Former Boxer From Spain.

I Appreciate The Thought, Time And The Effort You Put In Your Reply. Thank You So Much And Have A Stress Free Day.
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, certainly female-identifying people have fought, and still are, throughout all of history! Sources have been changed, facts have been omitted (for example in the early 20th century, it wasn't seen as at all possible, so in books, it was completely omitted) if they didn't "fit" with the preconceptions... and so on.
There are many obvious examples, and there are in fact quite enough examples that it's downright silly that people still deny it. And in many cases - believe you me, underneath all the armour that people in some places throughout history has worn, you can't see whether it's a female or not just judging on body shape... (body shapes which are, and have always been, very varied in any case).

I am happy to see your interest has been sparked! And to hear about your mother's former career! I myself am a martial artist, and have only recently accepted that because of my genes and chromosomes, no, I shall probably never be able to compete with male-bodied people in certain sports and competitions... it is very annoying, as in my head I can see no reason for the difference. But, there you go...
There is quite a lot of evidence these days, newly dug out or old rediscovered, that women have never left fighting, wars and conflict solely to men. Either joining as they are, or going undercover, there are stories from so many, many different times and places, that really, why do people still ignore and deny it? Silly buggers.

The website has many examples of singular fighting women, there are (as I may have hinted) an increasing number of acknowledgements about the gender roles not having been "the way they are now" throughout history and all over the planet (for example, in a certain area of Papua New Guinea, a somewhat isolated group of humans consider fighting and anger to be solely for women - men are considered somewhat meek, and supposed to stay away entirely from weapons and fighting, as it's not their place, and they're not that aggressive... Luckily, this is one of those places that it's been generally agreed for the rest of the world to stay away from, so as not to disturb and change their ways too much...).

The way we view male and female gender roles in society have varied, and does still. There is so much variance, all across the globe! And so much, across time! For example, I believe it was during the Edo era, that women of a bit of a higher status in Japan were supposed to be skilled naginata-fighters (naginata being, in many ways, a far more efficient weapon than the katana - take it from me if you don't find other evidence, been there, done that - in that it's not just one metre of steel, it's one metre of steel on a long bloody stick! And if someone gets inside your range... just pull it back, and there's still that steel) or they weren't as attractive as wives. They would of course have to be able to defend their homes, or so said common opinion!

Thank you for your well-wishes! I find this all very interesting, as you can see, so it is highly enjoyable to talk about it.
I wish you the same, and may you find good information readily available, and no one ever force upon you what to think!
We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Artist
Thank You For Your Time.

P.S. I Love Reading About The Edo Period Of Japan.
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's my pleasure! I hope it helps and entertains you!

P.S. Ooh, cool! Is it your favourite era in Japanese history? I studied Japanese in order to be able to read Heian era poetry in its original language (I'm a stupid nerd like that), but it's really tricky. I love Japanese history too - a LOT!
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