Notes on the Apron Dress
By ffride wlffsdotter/ Rebecca Lucas.
Whever you want to call this garment -- apron dress, suspended skirt, smokkr, selekjol, Trägerrock, Hängerock, or something else -- you cannot deny it forms an iconic part of Viking age dress seen at re-enactments, and it was not worn identically across the Viking world.
I am not going to try to document the vast range of interpretations that are out there, but I will comment on a few, fairly minor, points below:
- On the open-fronted apron dress, fastened under the bust with a brooch. [PDF 1Mb]
- A table of all of the graves I could find [PDF, 42 Kb], when I was asked about women wearing only a linen underdress with an apron dress over the top, and what material the dress loop-straps were made of. The majority of the graves appear to have evidence pointing towards women having linen straps, even when their apron dress is made of wool. It is tempting to suggest this was intentional, and the linen straps perhaps blended in with the linen dress worn underneath?