'Tis said on page 1 of Elizabeth Heckett's 'Viking Age Headcoverings from Dublin' that c.2000 textiles were recovered from the Dublin Excavations. Unfortunately there has not, as yet, been any definitive book published on the bulk of these textiles. Does anybody have any inside information on what the circa 1000AD ones were like? Spin direction? Threads per centimetre? Weave? Source (what breed of sheep, fine, kempy, etc.)? Natural colour? Dyes? Loom width? Selvedges? Finishes?
I'd like to make myself a new outfit for Clontarf. I've found this website http://www.time-warp-textiles.co.uk/textiles.htm , which has many tempting offerings, but I don't know if any of them are close. I remember reading SOMEWHERE that most of the wools were tabby, like most linens, but can't remember where or even if that is correct.
Andrea from Australia