Welcome to the Greenland Gown Project homepage!
The 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.
- Read our Blog and stay up to date on the progress of the project.
- Check out our Calendar of Events to see where we’ll be next
- Visit our Downloads Page to get copies of our research.
- Check out our Research Library and explore history with us!
- View project related videos in our Video Library!