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Apron dresses were a staple of the Viking attire. The most characteristic features of these overdresses were the shoulder straps and the simple tubular shape. Such dresses could be fitted with slits, so-called gores (added wedge-shaped pieces of fabric) or pleats, and some variants also featured an overlapping front. They usually ended at mid-calf.
The Viking Age apron dress, also known as smokkr or hangerok (sometimes spelled hangeroc or hangerock) had two different purposes. While the plain variant was a kind of bib apron or pinafore designed to protect the outer clothing, the more elaborate variant - trimmed with braids, embroidery work, chains and oval (tortoise) brooches - was worn as a status symbol. The historical evidence for this type of dress is confirmed by finds and representations from the archaeological sites of Hedeby and Birka.
Our unicoloured slip-over dress is made of thick canvas fabric (100% cotton) and thus very sturdy. It has a loosely tailored fit, is laced at the sides and has been kept simple.
This apron dress looks best combined with a plain dress or shift and a belt. And when worn with matching accessories, it is just perfect for the portrayal of a Norse woman, maid or shield maiden.
- Available sizes: S/M, L/XL, XXL
- Colour: green (also available: wine red, mustard yellow)
- Material: 100% cotton
- Length overall size S/M: approx. 120 cm
(measured from the highest shoulder point down to the bottom hem)
- Care instructions: Machine wash at 40°C, gentle cycle, do not tumble dry
|Size Chart - Women - Dress|