10th c. Wool Viking Tunic

10th c. Wool Viking Tunic

$169.95

    • Based on period sources, using authentic lines(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Affordable price makes it ideal for a new reenactor dressing up an existing wardrobe
    • Also available made to order Linen
    • All interior seams enclosed or finished
    • Available in a diverse palette that includes jewel tones and muted colors
    • No visible machine stitching
    • Comes in four sizes to accommodate most body types
    • If you would like to order this in one of our patterned wools  – use that selection in the drop down and specify which pattern(from the swatches below) in the notes of your order.
    • This style is made to order so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
    • 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 Men's Viking Tunic

One of the most ubiquitous garments for new reenactors is the so-called T-tunic. But in reality, a proper, early Medieval tunic is a far more sophisticated garment, with full skirts and a tapered sleeve. At times, the distinction between shirt and tunic blurred, with the latter being most notable for being made of undyed linen. In cooler weather, tunics could also be layered for warmth, with a wool tunic, often covering a linen shirt and a linen tunic.

We have based our Viking Age tunic on a number of 11th century sources, showing the growing influence of southern European dress. Examples include the shirts pictured in Anglo-Saxon Tiberius Calendar, the Bayeux Tapestry, that worn by Cnut in the Liber Vitae and Thorkell in the Eadui Psalter The Revival Viking Tunic is cut straight through torso with many gores to create a full skirted bottom hem. The neck hole is a distinctive, square shape with a front center-slit, while the sleeves are cut straight for a more fitted line around the wrist and forearm.

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

Size

M, L, XL

Color

Red, Black, Burgundy, Royal Blue, Hunter Green, Purple, Dark Brown, Camel, Patterned Wool

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Size Chart

 

Size Max. Chest Measurement Max. Waist Measurement
Medium 44″ / 112 cm 48″ / 122 cm
Large 50″ / 127 cm 54″ / 137 cm
XLarge 56″ / 142 cm 60″ / 152 cm
XXL 62″ / 157 cm 64″ / 162 cm

Size XXL is available as made-to-order only.

Wool Colors:

Please see our Fabric Selection page for current wool color and pattern options. Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us(708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

One of the most ubiquitous garments for new reenactors is the so-called T-tunic. But in reality, a proper, early Medieval tunic is a far more sophisticated garment, with full skirts and a tapered sleeve. At times, the distinction between shirt and tunic blurred, with the latter being most notable for being made of undyed linen. In cooler weather, tunics could also be layered for warmth, with a wool tunic, often covering a linen shirt and a linen tunic.

We have based our Viking Age tunic on a number of 11th century sources, showing the growing influence of southern European dress. Examples include the shirts pictured in Anglo-Saxon Tiberius Calendar, the Bayeux Tapestry, that worn by Cnut in the Liber Vitae and Thorkell in the Eadui Psalter The Revival Viking Tunic is cut straight through torso with many gores to create a full skirted bottom hem. The neck hole is a distinctive, square shape with a front center-slit, while the sleeves are cut straight for a more fitted line around the wrist and forearm.

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 Eadui Psalter circa early 11th century in the British Museum Library in London, England

Drawing after Anglo-Saxon Tiberius Calendar circa 1025-1050

Drawing after the Eadui Psalter circa early 11th century in the British Museum Library in London, England

Left: A viking woman in her wool oat Kirtle, royal blue Apron Dress . Beneath she wears her ChemiseStockings, and Viking Shoes. She covers her head with a wool Viking Hood.

Right: This viking man wears his brown wool Tunic,  wool oat Pants, and blue woolen Leg Wraps. He tucks the ends into his Boots. He cinches his waist with a Belt.

This Viking strikes a disarming pose in his red wool Tunic, brown Pants, and hunter green woolen Legwraps. He chooses brown for both his Shoes and Belt. For this viking, simplicity is perfection!

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