Leg wraps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also were purposely woven narrow leaving the salvage edge on either side of the band.† Because this makes a clean edge, you should treat the edges in some way.† The simplest way I have found is to make a long tube and iron it flat.†††

 

Although only a few fabrics have been analyzed for dyes, the following colors have been found: lichen purple, blue, red, and yellow. In some examples different-colored warp and weft were used to accentuate the weaving pattern.

 

Outerwear

 

 

Leg wraps (otherwise known as wickelbander) are essential for a man to get the Viking look.† They are strips of fabric usually around† 8-10 cm wide.† They were worn wrapped around your lower leg.† When I put mine on I start at my ankle and spiral them around my leg up to my knee.† You can then either tuck the end in somewhere or use a metal fastener.†

 

 

Fasteners have been found in a few places and really help to hold your leg wraps up.† A simple and period way to make these is to take some sheet metal and cut out a small triangle.† Bend the tip around and file it to a point.† Then drill some holes into it so you can sew it to your leg wraps.† These can be decorated with stamps if you wish.

I find that wool is the best fabric to use for this.† It sticks to itself, helping them to not fall down.† The majority of the originals were made of a herringbone weave to add stretchiness to them.†

 

Men have a couple of options for outwear.† I know of at least two broad styles of coats.† However, for the beginning Viking I would recommend a square cloak made out of wool and pinned over your sword arm shoulder.† This leaves the sword exposed for quick draw.† You can use a circular brooch, but a ring headed pin would be better.†

 

Ring headed pins are the most commonly found object from the Viking Age, and I find that not many people in the SCA wear them.† Personally, I think that everyone should.