Silver, swords and wool

This is a lightly edited version of a short piece I wrote last month for Descended from Odin. Not really the weather for it, but …

 

Silver and gold, weapons and slaves, shields and long-ships: these, we might imagine, are the proper accoutrements of the sea-borne rover… wool not so much.

But unless we are foolish enough to believe in the sword & sorcery stereotype of the barbarian-in-naught-but-furry-loin-cloth, a hard life on the north-sea margins demanded proper clothes. And, whilst furs were an important part of Viking dress (and an important trading commodity), it was woollen cloth that was essential to many aspects of Viking life: sartorial, social and nautical.

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Descended from Odin

Thrilled to announce that I am now an ambassador for Descended from Odin, a Norse themed sustainable clothing company based in Nottingham.

DfO use only natural or recycled materials and hand craftsmanship whenever possible. They don’t use plastic packaging and 10% from all their sales go to environmental charities.

Check them out here

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