10th c. Viking Legwraps

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10th c. Viking Legwraps

$54.95

    • Based on period sources, using authentic lines(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Comes in pairs
    • Affordable price makes it ideal for a new reenactor dressing up an existing wardrobe
    • Edges are finished and may be turned under with hand stitching for authentic period look
    • Available in a diverse palette that includes jewel tones and muted colors
    • One size fits all: 4″ wide x 3 yards long (108″)
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us(708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

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About our Viking Legwraps

The legs of Viking Age trousers were often bound from ankle to knee in wide, woven wool bands of fabric, known variously (depending on the culture) as puttees or winingas. It is believed that the leg wrappings served a number of purposes, including increased warmth, and were secured either by tucking in the end or fastening it with a Winingas Hook. Based on surviving remnants found at Birka and Bernuthsfeld Germany, pictured on the Bayeux Tapastry and mentioned in Laxdaela Sagaand by the Franks De Carlo Magno and Vita Karoli, our leg wraps are made of woven wool cloth, cut in bands 3 yards long by 4 inches wide.

About our Viking Age / Early Medieval Line

"AD. 793. This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land of the Northumbrians, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament. These tremendous tokens were soon followed by a great famine: and not long after, on the sixth day before the ides of January in the same year, the harrowing inroads of heathen men made lamentable havoc in the church of God in Holy-island (Lindisfarne), by rapine and slaughter." - The Anglo Saxon Chronicle

In the late 8th century, Scandinavian sea-pirates sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne, heralding in the so-called Viking Age, a term applied to the eighth through eleventh centuries, in which Norsemen traders and raiders, explored Europe, and settled in Normandy, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Vinland. To the east, they set themselves up as the rulers of Russian Kiev, pressed into Anatolia and took service as the famed Varangian Guard of the Byzantine Emperors.

Our new Viking Age product line will be continuously growing with representations of the fashions of the Norse, Anglo-Saxons and Normans civilizations of this period. Regardless of which of these cultures one portrays, there are a number of common truths for Northern European fashion in this period. Linen was the most fabric for clothing, followed by a variety of different weight wools used for overtunics, cloaks and overdresses. Silk, as an extremely rare, luxury fabric, was only used for small trim or accents.

The period leading to the Viking Age was a conservative one, with localized cultures and limited trade. Consequently, many similarities of cut and fit exist between late Roman era Germanic dress and Viking era, Scandinavian clothes, until very late in the period.

Read more about Viking culture in our From the Pen of History article: The Gift of a Shirt

 

Color

Black/White herringbone, Red/Black diagonal twill, Soft Blue, Dark Green tweed, Dark Brown, Red, Black

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One size fits all: 4″ wide x 3 yards long (108″)

Black/White herringbone, Red/Black diagonal twill, Soft Blue, Dark Green tweed, Dark Brown, Red

Note: Please note, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

The legs of Viking Age trousers were often bound from ankle to knee in wide, woven wool bands of fabric, known variously (depending on the culture) as puttees or winingas. It is believed that the leg wrappings served a number of purposes, including increased warmth, and were secured either by tucking in the end or fastening it with a Winingas Hook. Based on surviving remnants found at Birka and Bernuthsfeld Germany, pictured on the Bayeux Tapastry and mentioned in Laxdaela Sagaand by the Franks De Carlo Magno and Vita Karoli, our leg wraps are made of woven wool cloth, cut in bands 3 yards long by 4 inches wide.

About our Viking Age / Early Medieval Line

“AD. 793. This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land of the Northumbrians, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament. These tremendous tokens were soon followed by a great famine: and not long after, on the sixth day before the ides of January in the same year, the harrowing inroads of heathen men made lamentable havoc in the church of God in Holy-island (Lindisfarne), by rapine and slaughter.” – The Anglo Saxon Chronicle

In the late 8th century, Scandinavian sea-pirates sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne, heralding in the so-called Viking Age, a term applied to the eighth through eleventh centuries, in which Norsemen traders and raiders, explored Europe, and settled in Normandy, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Vinland. To the east, they set themselves up as the rulers of Russian Kiev, pressed into Anatolia and took service as the famed Varangian Guard of the Byzantine Emperors.

Our new Viking Age product line will be continuously growing with representations of the fashions of the Norse, Anglo-Saxons and Normans civilizations of this period. Regardless of which of these cultures one portrays, there are a number of common truths for Northern European fashion in this period. Linen was the most fabric for clothing, followed by a variety of different weight wools used for overtunics, cloaks and overdresses. Silk, as an extremely rare, luxury fabric, was only used for small trim or accents.

The period leading to the Viking Age was a conservative one, with localized cultures and limited trade. Consequently, many similarities of cut and fit exist between late Roman era Germanic dress and Viking era, Scandinavian clothes, until very late in the period.

Read more about Viking culture in our From the Pen of History article: The Gift of a Shirt

Drawing after the Cartulary of the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx (MS British Library Cotton Julius) circa late 12th century, in the British Museum Library in London, England

Drawing after the Harley Psalter, Christ Church, Canterbury circa second half of the 11th century, in the British Museum Library in London, England

Drawing after a reconstruction Germanic-Roman Soldier buried at Dorchester, Oxfordshire, England circa 4-5th century

Drawing after the The Liber Vitae of the New Minster and Hyde Abbey, Winchester circa 1031 in the British Museum Library in London, England

Shown are green wool Legs Wraps, and Viking Shoes

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