Tools involved in making the Greenland Gown


What tools did they use?

The Greenland gown

3 thoughts on “Tools involved in making the Greenland Gown

  1. Debbie

    The Greenland Dress is a great opportunity to experience ‘living history’. As a specialist in some eras of woman’s work I would like to share with you something I learned by reading the daily diaries of women of those past eras. Cultural beliefs are not visible nor logical. To think that the simplest, easiest or fastest way to do something does not necessarily equate to the way people chose to do something. People often did something a particular way that we might think of as ‘going the long way around’. Women fold things a certain way because it fits in a box or barrel, or just because grandmother did it that way. Right and left handed-ness has invisible significance. Clockwise and counter-clockwise are cultural options. I look forward to your postings. Retired National Park Interpreter.

    1. DoreenDoreen Post author

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I am always looking for people with nuggets of experience in all of the varied aspects of anything I am doing.

      I have also found that women did things in differing ways due to family/cultural norms. They do not always make sense to us who are looking at theme from a distance through time….but, sometimes they are ways that work better than our own. We just have to be willing to try them.

      Please continue to make your observations here. It will be of value to not only me….but to all who follow the project.

      1. Greenland Gown ProjectGreenland Gown Project

        “Right and left handed-ness has invisible significance. Clockwise and counter-clockwise are cultural options. ”

        Debbie, again thank you for your comment. It is so great to have others add to what we suspect and have found through our research. Others knowledge is so important.

        However, I have found through the research on the fabric of this dress that spinning the yarn was done for a purpose. The yarn is one ply. This being the case, and with the type of fibers being used for the differing purposes, the right and left spun yarns lock together to form a very strong fabric that stands harsh conditions and wear.

        For more information on the technique used in the production of the yarns, look at Woven into the Earth. It is a great resource for the recreation of the fabric. Also, and with the caveat that I have yet to look at the book, I have found that there is very specific descriptions on the production of, and the persons responsible for every item of life in Iceland during the target time of around 1200 ce in the Gragas II. ( I am in hopes that it should arrive in the next few days)

        If there is anything I can do to help you, Please do not hesitate to ask.



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