The Greenland Gown Project’s Home Page

Welcome to the Greenland Gown Project homepage!

Greenland Gown Project LogoThe Greenland Gown Project website and Blog are dedicated to the research and recreation of the fabric, tools and techniques involved in the making of the Greenland Gown.

By going through the processes of researching and rebuilding the textile culture of Iceland and Greenland step by step, I hope to gain a better understanding of how these ideas fit together to produce many of the items of textile that were integral to life in the North Atlantic.

As I am located in the Southwestern United States, I looked for a sheep breed to compare to the Icelandic Sheep as it would be more cost effective and easier to obtain in the earlier phases of this project. I was introduced to the Navajo Churro and became fascinated with the breed. It also turns out that the coat of this breed matches the scientific analysis of the old textile very closely.

The thought process was to compare the two sheep types (Icelandic and Navajo Churro) and find out if the Navaho Churro could be used to make a fabric that would be close to the old type.

Much of the information about the research and processes that contribute to recreating the textile will be added to this site as it is completed.

Please check out the announcement block and the needs block below frequently for updates. The new developments and of course, the needs of the project will be placed there at regular intervals and at times developments happen rapidly.

Find out About the Greenland Gown Project: It’s beginnings and its goals.


  • Being back from the trip to the North Atlantic, I am blogging not only about the journey each week, but I am also sharing the things I have found and photographed.

These not only show textiles and textile tools but, also , there is metal work, wood carvings, stone carvings and more. Please visit often to see what has been added.

The proprietor of the page is Dr. Christopher Monk PhD. He is a cultural historian and freelance research consultant specializing in the medieval world, especially the world of the Anglo-Saxons. He likes to focus on everyday people and ordinary life.

 This includes social and religious customs, family life, marriage and sexual mores, laws and crime, the Church and monastic culture, language and literature, books and art, dress and jewellery, and even beliefs about monsters

So please check his page out and stop by the blog to see what the Monk has been up to!


Current Needs

The Greenland Gown Project always can use help. Contact me to find out what the current needs are.