Please keep in mind that archeological evidence is continually being cataloged, studied and interpreted. In which case, there is always the chance of conflicting results or changes in theories. It’s something to keep in mind for when ideas clash. There is also so little known that a lot of speculation has to happen. One of the neat things about being in the SCA or any historical reenactment group is that we get to go test drive a lot of these theories. That being said, here are some sources for you to begin with.

from Klinta, Köping, Öland, Sweden
SHM 29750:5

Clothing – Dresses

The Simple Smokkr

Excellent video on wearing layers with dresses

Terminology: The So-Called ‘Viking’ Apron Dress by The Dreamstress

Viking Apron Dress Pattern Generator

A Reconstructed Viking Woman’s Outfit

Clothing – Trousers

Viking Men: trousers and breeches By Hilde Thunem (

Clothing – General

Recreating Viking Clothing By Hilde Thunem (

Viking Resources for the Re-enactor by Þóra Sharptooth

Hurstwic: Clothing in the Viking Age

Clothing – Other

Caps and Mittens

Viking Textiles – A deeper look at plaids, stripes and checks

The Viking Age Color Palette and Old Norse Color Words

Stitches & Seam Treatments


Jorvik Viking Center

The Swedish History Museum

Papers, Articles, & Books

Viking-Age and Early Medieval Scandinavia: Introduction
You can find all the chapters along with many other articles relating to the Norse people and culture for free on

The Scandinavians from the Vendel Period to the Tenth Century: An Ethnographic Perspective (Studies in Historical Archaeoethnology) Paperback – Illustrated, July 19, 2012, by Judith Jesch (Editor)

Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas Hardcover – Illustrated, December 1, 2016 by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough (Author)

The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics) Paperback, March 5, 2015, by Jackson Crawford (Translator)

The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok (Hackett Classics) Paperback, July 31, 2017, by Jackson Crawford (Translator)


Eyja’s Runes Class Handout

Old Norse

Eyja’s Website

Jackson Crawford on YouTube

The Viking Answer Lady