Baltic women’s costumes.
We just found this really lovely photo of us taken on the last day of Castlefest and I love it so much! Rica was wearing her Gonvala costume and I myself decided to wear my viking shift- and apron dress a second time but with another hair style and belt.
Viking Age Women’s Clothing:
In general, female clothing was sewn from the same materials as male clothing and was typically made of a linen, ankle-length, under dress with an apron like wool outer covering fastened by two large brooches. The dress was often called hangerock or hanging dress/apron/skirt. Often decorative jewels, glass beads, and useful items such as scissors, tweezers, and other care items would hang from the turtle brooches as in the bottom picture. The Scandinavians in the viking age collected glass beads from almost everywhere they traveled and, as always, red was a popular symbolic color in Germany, Scandinavia, and the Slavic nations especially when used in the decorative trim around the collar and sleeves. In Slavic countries this was a charm to ward off bad spirits and can be seen in traditional dresses even today.