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Shaggy fabric. "Scrap of shaggy pile vaðmál, in which coarse locks of wool, röggvar, are woven into the fabric. Pile-woven cloaks, röggvarfeldir, were an export commidity in the early Middle Ages, 11th or 12th century."latestresearch - zoemcdonell

Scrap of shaggy pike in which coarse locks of wool are woven into fabric Early Middle Ages, or century.

Test weave for pile fabric using lengths of spun and plied yarn rather than locks. By Tordis.

Test weave for pile fabric using lengths of spun and plied yarn rather than locks. By Tordis.

The Vikings of Bjornstad - Viking Museum Iceland - The woven "shaggy cloak" of the sagas

The Vikings of Bjornstad - Viking Museum Iceland - The woven "shaggy cloak" of the sagas

Woven textile found in the Oseberg boat mound grave in the county of Vestfold, Norway. Dates to 834 C.E. Photograph from Saamiblog: http://saamiblog.blogspot.com/

A piece of tartan cloth found on the ship Osebergskom. The Huldremose woman who lived in "the Iron Age" wore a plaid gown. Wikipedia says the find is around 340 AD at the latest. (And now no one can argue against Vikings wearing plaids.

Fragment of fur decorated with textiles woven in gold, silver and silk. The piece is found in a rich female grave, Hvilehøj in Eastern Jutland, and is dated to the Viking Age.

Fragment af pels dekoreret med tekstiler i guld, sølv og silke.

Stitched-in pile from York. Coarse textile in 2/1 twill. Pile made from tufts of soft S-spun yarn neatly darned into the textile, at a diagonal to the weave. Dyed with madder.

Stitched-in pile from York. Coarse textile in twill. Pile made from tufts of soft S-spun yarn neatly darned into the textile, at a diagonal to the weave. Dyed with madder.

"Viking times in Iceland in the form of the 'varafeldur', a woven shawl that was used as currency. The pile in this case was made of locks of the sheeps fleece knotted around the spun wool warp yarns"

"Viking times in Iceland in the form of the 'varafeldur', a woven shawl that was used as currency. The pile in this case was made of locks of the sheeps fleece knotted around the spun wool warp yarns"

A second fragment of patterned, woollen textile from Hauge, Rolvsøy. Page 29 describes it as being coloured red and white. Image from: A.W.Brøgger. 1920-21 "Rolvsøyætten. Et arkeologisk bidrag til vikingetidens historie" _Bergens Museums Aarbok_;1-42 https://archive.org/details/bergensmuseumsa192021berg

A second fragment of patterned, woollen textile from Hauge, Rolvsøy.

Hallstatt, salt mine.  Checkered wool diamond twill, from the Iron Age.  Museum of Natural History Vienna.

Checkered wool diamond twill, from the Iron Age. Museum of Natural History Vienna.

Textile fragments from Birka grave no. 1014.  In the Historiska Museet, Stockholm.

Textile fragment dated to Viking Age, found at Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland

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