Links to the papers for the International Medieval Congress gatherings.
For some time there has been a rather comprehensive thesis available online about clothes from the Netherlands in the early Middle Ages. I saw that the book, Clothes Make the Man: Early Medieval Textiles from the Netherlands, that came out of that project was finally published last month and I posted a link for it on my FB page. A friend then shared the open access link for the work and... well... go right now and pick this one up.
This book has VERY detailed information on the textiles from the finds (many of which, while not Scandinavian, are still Viking Age). The later part of the book gives detailed analysis of what the costumes of these people might have been like, including drawings for male and female garments. If someone was interested in building out a persona/kit for this time and place, this document is likely the best resource you could hope for. It is pretty amazing.
Oh, and as a side note, if you want hats with "seam embellishments", this area actually has evidence of that practice in the Netherlands on high status items (note though, there are still no sprawling, giant herringbone stitches... this is compact narrow work comparable to Sutton Hoo and Mamman pillows). Just thought I would toss that out there ;-)
"Notícias Asgardianas: Boletim do Núcleo de Estudos" is a series of publications that looks to have some fascinating topics contained within. The issues are available for free for download online. Below is the google translation of their about section:
The Asgardian News Bulletin publishes material relating to the studies of Medieval Scandinavia highlighting the areas involving Mythology, Religiosity, Literature, History, material culture, iconography and Archeology. In particular, we highlight the impact of the Nordic world of the Viking Era in the West and its repercussions to the present day, especially on art and the popular imagination. The newsletter is open to contributions from the academic community and the general public. The periodicity, starting in 2016, will be annual. Eventually, we publish special issues. The newsletter Asgardianas News was originally published between the years 2003 to 2007, being resumed from 2012 by the NEVE (Nucleus of Vikings and Scandinavian Studies) in a new format and with a new editorial team.
I cannot wait to further explore these documents!
You can find them here: http://neveufpb.wixsite.com/noticiasasgardianas
Vikings e Escandinavos (NEVE)
ART has always had a number of issues available, for free, to the public. Now, however, they have expanded that offering considerably. There are some fantastic items in here for people interested in a variety of cultures and time periods!
If you feel like digging around in Swedish this site is a gold mine.
This is a fantastic resource to have in your library for Ottoman research for the SCA. You can download it here: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/publications/pdf-library/the-age-of-sultan-sueleyman-the-magnificent.html
There are a number of other titles (including several about artists pigments) that can be found on the site as well: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/publications/pdf-library.html
I have wonderful friends who gifted me with a copy of Bundled Up in Blue last fall. It is a great museum exhibit book that covers many details of a Viking grave find in Iceland. I was very happy last night to see the dress information now available online. You can find it here!
I saw this weekend that there is a new book about the Hedeby textiles coming out. I am beyond excited about this! Textilien und Tracht in Haithabu und Schleswig. Die Ausgrabungen in Haithabu 18 can be found here: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/3529014184?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00
I usually add upcoming books, as well as legal downloads as they become available, to this blog, but I know that going back to search for them can be difficult so am going to paste a few of my favorite resources for free, legal material below. When one starts out doing research it can be confusing as to which books are work the expenditure and which are not. ILL is an amazing way to get a hold of older, rare books, but sometimes the wait is very long so below there are some fantastic things you can use for free!
Pangur Press: This is the Anglo-Saxon Labratory's downloadable books and papers. Several of Penelope Walton Rogers most sought-after publications can be found here for free! http://www.aslab.co.uk/pangur-press/
Academia.edu has several "must read" authors as members:
Marianne Vedeler, who covers Viking silks as well as other textile items: https://uio.academia.edu/MarianneVedeler
Lise Bender Jorgensen has been covering Viking era textiles for decades. A few of her papers are here (including the excellent one about the pre-Viking era Lendbreen tunic): https://ntnu-no.academia.edu/LiseBenderJ%C3%B8rgensen
Dagfinn Skre recently added his volumes of work on Kaupang (which are lovely enough that you will likely want to get the hard copies even if you opt to down load them): https://uio.academia.edu/DagfinnSkre
Eva Andersson Strand has done a good deal of work concerning textile production at Viking sites and many of her papers are on Academia.edu. (I still recommend that you get her book Textile Tools for Production from Birka and Hedeby which is available at Oxbow Books.) https://ku-dk.academia.edu/EvaAnderssonStrand
Elizabeth Wincott Heckett is the author of the book Viking Age Headcoverings from Dublin (which is available in print again from Oxbow and I highly recommend this title which can be purchased here http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/viking-age-headcoverings-from-dublin.html ), but you can get her article "Irish Viking Age silks and their place in Hiberno-Norse society" by running a Google search on that title (the direct PDF download does not link well).
The entire series of Viking publications can be downloaded here. I especially recommend the issue from 2011: https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/37522
The Archaeology Data Service has a number of publications online as well. You have to do some searching but there is an amazing amount of material there: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/
Jstor is a research site for academic institutions, but they do let you look at many articles online (up to 3 at a time) if you do not have academic access. http://www.jstor.org/
And as always, I cannot recommend Mendeley enough for storing your documents and taking notes! https://www.mendeley.com/
I have had this book for quite some time and it is a beautiful volume with information about jewelry, pottery, textile tools and much more. I still recommend getting the hardcopy book, as it is very nice, but you can now also download it legally from this site:
Note that the other two volumes in the series are there as well:
I dance, race cars, play video games and am on a fantastic journey to recreate the past via costume, textiles, dance and food.
Blogroll of SCA & Costume Bloggers
Below is a collection of some of my favorite places online to look for SCA and historic costuming information.
More Amie Sparrow - 16th Century German Costuming
Gianetta Veronese - SCA and Costuming Blog
Grazia Morgano - 16th Century A&S
Mistress Sahra -Dress From Medieval Turku
Loose Threads: Cathy's Costume Blog
Mistress Mathilde Bourrette - By My Measure: 14th and 15th Century Costuming
More than Cod: Exploring Medieval Norway