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  Brats
The brat was a colourful, versatile and warm rectangular shaped piece of woollen cloth which was worn as a type of shawl. The colours ...
 
  Cost and Status
The main fabrics used were wool, linen and canvas. These were dyed locally using fruit juices, purpura shell and madder. In the early ...
 
  Shoes
Shoes, like clothes, indicated a personís position in society. The wealthier members wore fine shoes made from one piece of leather, ...
 
  Changes over the Period
The tunic or leine evolved over the centuries and became much more decorated for the wealthy. Embroidery was prominent at the neck, ...
 
  Soldiers
Soldiers and charioteers wore distinctive clothing which facilitated ease of movement. They wore short brats or jackets with trews ...
 
  Viking Fashions
The use of many old Norse words indicates much about the style of clothes worn. The shirt or tunic and trews still feature but a new ...
 
  Outer Garments
These people wore many different furs; otter, badger, seal and fox were used in the early Christian period. Marten (a kind of weasel) ...
 
  Jewellery
In this period considerable skill in metal-working was visible in the very ornate jewellery which survives. The Tara Brooch is made of ...
 
 
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