Note: Sizing on our Viking Coat is judged by chest size because it flares out and is meant to fit loosely in the waist and worn with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos). The length is measured from the shoulders to the hem.
|Size||Max. Chest Measurement|
|Small/Medium||44″ / 112 cm|
|Large/Xlarge||58″ / 147 cm|
About our Viking Coat
Viking Clothing consists of many layers the top layer often being a woolen coat. Wool Coats or Kaftans were worn by both men and women. Viking royalty or wealthy nobles might have their coats lined in silk or decorated with embroidery down the front and on the cuffs. We have based our Viking Coat on a number of sources from early saxon graves to surviving fragments from Birka and Hedeby and engravings on items such as the Sutton Hoo helmet. A Viking Coat or Kaftan was common throughout Scandinavia, anglo-saxon settlements all the way to the eastern Rus areas. The Revival Viking Coat fits loose through the chest then flares out widely with side and back gores to create a full bottom hem at knee length. The Viking Coat features a contrasting front facing and sleeve cuffs. The front of the Viking Coat overlaps Kaftan style at the waist when worn belted. The front can be worn open, belted or closed with a brooch.
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.
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
We have based our Viking Coat on a number of sources from early saxon graves to surviving fragments from Birka and Hedeby and engravings on items such as the Sutton Hoo helmet.
His and hers Linen Viking Coats show worn, by her, with our Linen Viking Apron Dress, Kirtle, Linen Underdress, Stockings, Wool Garters, Women’s Viking Hood and closed with Viking style brooch. He is wearing our Viking Coat over our Linen Viking Tunic, Viking Pants, Legwraps, Viking Hat, Simple Viking Belt, Viking brooch, and Viking boots.
His and hers Viking Coats show worn, by him, with our He is wearing our Viking Coat over our Wool Viking Tunic, Viking Pants, Legwraps, Viking Hat, Simple Viking Belt, Viking brooch, and Viking boots. Under the Viking Coat, she is wearing Wool Viking Apron Dress, Wool Kirtle, Linen Underdress, Stockings, Wool Garters, Women’s Viking Hood and closed with Viking style brooch.