Doreen Gunkel is the head researcher and creator of the Greenland Gown Project. It was her desire to create authentic reproductions of the Norse Garments from Herjolfsnes that began the project.
“My name is Doreen Gunkel, also known as Lady Daírine ingen Niáll of Oakhill in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
This project started in the fall of 2011. I wanted a dress. The specific dress had to be authentic in all details. I chose a dress from an archaeological excavation led by Dr. Poul Nørlund at the Herjolfsnes graveyard in Greenland which was done in 1921.
Little did I know that this project would encompass two continents, thousand of hours of research and a lot of wool!”