Red/Blue Viking Embroidered Apron Dress

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Apron dresses were a staple of the Viking attire. The most characteristic features of these overdresses were the shoulder straps and the simple tubular shape. Such dresses could be fitted with slits, so-called gores (added wedge-shaped pieces of fabric) or pleats, and some variants also featured an overlapping front. They usually ended at mid-calf.

The Viking Age apron dress, also known as smokkr or hangerok (sometimes spelled hangeroc or hangerock) had two different purposes. While the plain variant was a kind of bib apron or pinafore designed to protect the outer clothing, the more elaborate variant - trimmed with braids, embroidery work, chains and oval (tortoise) brooches - was worn as a status symbol. The historical evidence for this type of dress is confirmed by finds and representations from the archaeological sites of Hedeby and Birka.

Our slip-over dress is made of thick canvas fabric (100% cotton) and thus very sturdy. It has a loosely tailored fit and features side slits. The bottom hem, shoulder straps and neckline are offset in a different colour. The Jelling (or Jellinge) style embroidery at chest level is a reproduction of a twin dragon / serpent motif that can be seen on the 10th c. silver cup of the Danish ruler Gorm. The neckline and bottom hem are both adorned with herringbone stitches. This type of stitches was already known and particularly popular for trimming hems in the early Middle Ages.

When combined with a plain Viking dress or shift, a narrow belt, box or oval brooches and a leather pouch, this apron dress is just perfect for the portrayal of a Norse woman. These items are NOT included. You will only receive the red and blue embroidered apron dress. Accessories to complete the outfit are available in our store.
Hand wash only
Do not mix with coloured or light items when washing
30° wash only
Dispatch estimate 10 - 20 working days
To measure correctly
1. Chest measurement: run the tape under the armpits over the widest part of the chest
2. Waist: Measure your waist circumference at the narrowest point of your waist
3. Hips: Place the tape measure around the strongest part of your hip
Then you can find the right size using the charts below. The information provided is a guideline only since sizes and measurements may vary depending on the article.