Belts

 

 

 

 

 

 

The average belt width is only .75 inches.† This is much narrower than most traditional SCA belts.† Examination of Birka graves also shows that the belt length was also probably shorter than those traditionally worn in the SCA.† Viking belts had buckles and strap ends.† These were usually metal, but carved bone has also been found.†

 

Hats

 

Hats are not a completely necessary piece of garb but they add a nice touch.† There are two basic styles of hats that I will recommend.† The first is a long pointed hat (Santa like hat).† The second is more of a slightly pointy skull cap.† Both of these can be edged with a bit of trim, embroidery, or fur.† You can also make a hat using a technique called nalbinding.† Nalbinding is similar to knitting, so the hat you get looks like a stocking cap.

 

 

 

 

 

Archaeological evidence has been found that shows both sexes wearing belts when buried.† Because of this, and for practical reasons, it is my opinion that belts should probably be worn by everyone.† Belts can be made of leather or even fiber.† Tablet woven belts can look very fetching.

 

 

It is thought that Viking woman did not wear hats until they became Christians.† If youíre looking to be a later period Christian Viking I would recommend wearing the Dublin style cap.† Itís simply a long rectangle sewn up one side (the back).† It was originally made of wool, but similar caps were found in York made of silk and linen.† The earlier pagan Viking womanís hair can be seen in many depictions tied up in a bun or even in a pony tail.