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The Bedroom

Doreen Gunkel

This is a continuation of last week’s look at the hostel we stayed in.

There will be one more post on the hostel. It will be posted next week and then we will move on to the outside. This place was so fabulous that I am excited to share it ALL with you!

To pick up where I left you last week with a closed bedroom door, I will be showing the bedroom. Please forgive the travelers the mess…. we were a bit tired as we had just arrived and had not put our packing away yet.

The room has a couple of really interesting features. These are why we suspect this may have been a home for a rich family at some time in the past.

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The room was furnished with an armoire and a desk.

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Vadmal Display NMI

Doreen Gunkel

 

 

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Mini Me Welcoming You all to the National Museum of Iceland

This museum post consists of some of the textiles that are displayed in the museum. There are (three?) types of textile treatments for wearable items presented at the museum. In this post I will be covering vadmal.  Next week I will cover needle-coiling (nal Binding) and tabby weave.

For those of you who are not aware of vadmal or homespun fabric, it is a twill fabric that can have various patterns.

The examples here are based on a twill pattern. One of the more common patterns looks similar to the fabric in pair of blue jeans. If you look at the inside of most, you can plainly see this pattern.

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Reykjavik House

Doreen Gunkel

We have now arrived in Reykjavik Iceland.  Our housing arrangements for this leg were as interesting to us as the location of our visit.

In this travel blog series we will be exploring the place we stayed at a bit at a time, and I will be telling you about the location of our home away from home.

It seems that this location was possibly a manor house at sometime in the past. There were architectural features that did not seem to fit any other form of structure in our minds.

This house was located close to the government center of town. A nice traditional square was located across the street as well as a large eating area with restaurants that represented a different country. While we were there, we ate in America, France, England, and Spain.

About 100 yrds from the first square was a more modern designed square where people gathered for performances.  Kids used it for skateboarding and bicycling. The interesting thing about the kids there is that they were very respectful and non destructive. The refreshing look at another country’s youth was warming.

A few blocks up from our place, there was a most amazing museum. During building construction of a couple of modern buildings, one of the original settlement buildings (a longhouse) was discovered. The foundations of the new buildings were supported so that an archaeological excavation could be completed and a museum built before the new buildings were finished. 

If you turn left after coming out of the museum, you will see a glass plate in the sidewalk. Walking over and looking down, you will see the long house from above.  

So now to look at the first pictures of the house.

Looking into the entryway.

Looking into the entryway.

This is the entryway into the house. The door goes out directly onto the street. Across the street is a four star restaurant that specializes in Icelandic dishes.

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Spindles, Whorls,Twining Sticks

Doreen Gunkel

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 Please enjoy today’s blog and if you have questions about any of the presentation, please leave them in a reply at the end of the blog. I will be happy to look into it for you and pass the answer back along. If you would prefer to discuss the topic in a more private way, please contact me at  .

These will be the last museum pieces from Greenland for a little while. The rest are of a textile nature and I am still working on those. I will post some of them as soon as I may.

The current crop of pictures contain a goodly amount of spindle whorls and some spindles as well as twining sticks. I think it is interesting that there are so many differing shapes and sizes of tools used to produce the yarns to allow the Greenlanders to survive. It would seem, from the photos, that in Greenland every woman who spun had a different idea of what the tools should look and feel like.

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Our Greenland home

Doreen Gunkel

This week’s travel photos are going to give you a little taste of what our living arrangements were in Nuuk, Greenland .

We decided to stay in hostels during our trip to try to economize as they have kitchen facilities available as well as being, for the most part, less expensive than a hotel. During the trip we discovered an app that is very helpful in finding these hidden jewels. ( Air BnB )It was a good experience because we were able to find full hostels and also individuals that might just have a spare room or two to rent to visitors.

All of the hosts we stayed with were friendly and willing to help a traveler to the area get the most out of the journey by discussing customs, etiquette, and anything else we might want to know, like where are the grocery stores!

Now, when most of us in the US think of a hostel, we think of the youth hostels that have the dorm type accommodations.  What we discovered is for a few dollars more, we could have a private room.

This week I wish to show you what our hostel was like.

Common room. The house was not very big, but, it was cozy.

Common room. The house was not very big, but, it was cozy.

This was The TV.  Yes, there was TV.

Yes! There was TV!

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Weaving tool photos (Greenland)

Doreen Gunkel

These photos were taken at the National Museum of Greenland.

Most items excavated during the long history of archeological exploration on this island had been removed to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. As the Island of Greenland has been culturally developing, compromises have been struck that have allowed many of the items taken to Copenhagen to be returned.

One of these developments is the National Museum of Greenland. It has a superb archive section as well as wonderful exhibit areas.

Danish Museum number 10580, commonly known as the Greenland Gown, was one of these returned items.

I will not be showing any photos of this item at this time, nor of the small bits of textile. As of yet, I have not finished my examination of them and they will be included in an upcoming piece of research.

In this batch of photos you will find many items that were included in Woven Into The Earth (WIE) by Else Ostergard. I will try to identify them and the page number as I present each photo.

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Needles of various sizes, needle/awl sharpeners, awls (or stilettos), and weaving pins. More information, WIE (Ostergard) Pg. 111-11

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Greenland Is spectacular!

Doreen Gunkel

This is a continuation of the Greenland part of the trip.

Nuuk Greenland is the largest city in Greenland and the capital. The population is about 15,000. There are about 1 car per 4 persons. The locals think this is too many cars. They have a good bus system so many do not have reasons to have a car.

In Greenland the towns and villages are spread out and there are no roads between them. The transportation is based on dogsled, snowmobile, atv, and boat is you do not take a small airplane or helicopter.

Later in the week I will put out some of the museum pieces that I have. Unfortunately, the actual dress pictures will have to wait. I am going to publish them at a later date.

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This is part of the fjord that Nuuk sets in. It is way back off of the north see so it is protected.

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Back from the North Atlantic.

Greenland Gown Project

Hi!

I have made the journey to the far reaches of the North Atlantic and have arrived home safe and sound!

Much time was spent in museums and native food places. We tried anything we could find that was local cuisine. If anyone is interested in what we ate, please contact me at the below included address.
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Museum Visits during the trip

Greenland Gown Project

Museum Visits

Museum SIgnAs the rush slows down, and all of the pieces finally start falling into place, I am finally able to start pulling together the information I have been gathering as part of the process to take this research trip. 

Here is a list of some of  the Museum visits we have planned while we visit Greenland, Iceland, and Norway:

 

 

  • The National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavic, Iceland.The tools used to process the wool and make the fabric as well as the culture that led to the use of the fabric as currency.
  • The Abaer Open Air Museum, Reykjavic. A recreation of a typical Icelandic village and farm from the early period of the country. This is an open air museum consisting of 20 buildings. Entry is encouraged into all of the buildings to get a feel for life at that time.
  • The Viking Ship Museum, Located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway., it is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and the Borre mound cemetery.

This is just what is currently planned as I try to work out an itinerary for a trip to someplace 3,500 miles away from home! I am sure we will be hitting other museums and archives as we find them. I know that Greenland has an awesome archive, and that in Reykjavic Iceland there is a wonderful manuscript museum. I am seriously contemplating a journey through those as well.

So, we are now counting down to the day of departure. We are fifteen days out and the excitement is building as the packing and list checking begins in earnest.

Thank you all for joining me on this journey.