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.

 

Announcements

I am excited about the news I have to share with the world!

The Greenland Gown Project is going on a journey to the North Atlantic to do boots on the ground research.   Follow along with our journey in our Travel Blog!

The first location will be to Nuuk Greenland. The textile that inspired the project is located at the National Museum of Greenland. I also hope to set the stage for another visit to actually go to Herjolfsnaes.

The next stop will be to visit Reykjavik Iceland. I am looking to get a better idea of the form of the Icelandic style warp weighted loom.

The final stop on the trip is to Oslo Norway for a look at the Norse culture.

I will be tweeting and blogging as we go. I look forward to sharing as much as I can about the journey and the adventure.

 

Current Needs

The Greenland Gown Project in desperate need of a spinner.