Viking Clothing

Viking clothing was made out of linen and wool. This was spun and woven into clothing by the women of the household. Animal skin was also used.

Linen was used for summer clothing and the same items would be woven in wool for winter, as winters were harsh in Scandinavia.

The clothing was dyed using vegetable and mineral dyes and was often highly embroidered.


Men would wear a long shirt or tunic that would be tied at the waist by a leather belt. They could then hang any personal possessions from the waist that they needed to carry with them.

They would also wear full-length trousers.

Often men wore a woollen cloak that was fastened at the shoulder by a brooch. When away from the farm, this cloak would also serve as a blanket.

If the Viking was wealthy, he would wear a Mantle instead of a cloak. This often had fur trim and was embroidered. This showed their wealth and status within the community.


Women wore a full-length dress, tied at the waist. This would be held up by a brooch on both shoulders. Over this, they wore either an apron or a long tunic (overdress). Woollen leggings or stocking were also worn.

Viking women always wore a head covering, this would be a hood or scarf.

In winter both men and women wore woollen or leather hats.


These were made of soft leather, often with fur trim. Goatskin was commonly used to make shoes.

Men would also wear long leather boots.

Boots of the wealthy were often lined with fur.

Leather straps were used on boots and shoes. Sometimes they would be secured with buckles made of bone.

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