Three Recommended Books

Guides for Scandinavian, Rus and Norse Clothing

Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns


Our Rating: 5/5

This book is a favorite! Why? Because it starts with pictures of he actual extant textiles and finishes with an exact sewing pattern anyone can use.  The instructions are easy to follow, and the author provides some context about the original garments that is useful.  Do you like pockets? Wonder if they had short sleeves? It’s all here.  It is like having a museum curator as your personal tailor.  This book is a+must+ if you plan to invest your own Norse based garb! 

Iconic Costumes: Scandinavian Late Iron Age Costume Iconography

Our Rating: 3.5/5

One of the best things about this book are the crisp, stunning images that bring the Scandinavian culture to life.  The close-ups are of particular use if you want to recreate patterns in jewelry, art or clothing. While some of the images may be familiar, even seasoned researchers will appreciate the coverage of newer finds.  And if you are just getting started? It is fantastic! The price is moderate, so you get a lot for your money. 

The Burial Dress of the Rus in the Upper Volga Region (late 10th-13th centuries)


Our Rating: 5/5

This book is a ‘holy grail’ of sorts if you have any interest in re-creating a Slavic or Rus or personae who chooses a ‘víkingr’  life. Part of the value of this book is the vast amount of burial goods that are examined and discussed!  The author uses many lenses- both anthropology, archaeology- to bring the rich history to life.  Of special interest is the great information of female headdresses, clothing and accessories, which can often be missing from academic discussions.  There are precise drawings that are particularly good documentation!  Five stars! ‘


While we tend to focus on mundane camping items in this section of our blog, there is nothing so satisfying as reading a good book in camp!  And while we all may be online and stuck at home in this moment, there is still amazing content that is unique to books  The research and documentation of so many curated museums is not always available online, and these books do a great job making the connection between you and living history.   How many times have you admired a gown and wished you could get a closer look, or been inspired by knot work or wanted to try something like it?   How many times have you wished to follow your roots? Or discover your own creative path by learning from your ancestors? All three of these books offer great insights into the Scandinavian, Norse and Rus cultures that will enrich your understanding of the things they used and the manner of clothing they wore.  While each book has it’s own focus, they are all recommended for their detailed photos and curated content from a trusted source.  Sewing patterns, photos of grave goods and careful sketches are one of the best ways to learn how to appreciate the efforts merchants pour into their medieval wares, and can help you shop for items that are on your wish list.  Also, having portable photos and rich illustrations that can travel to events is a plus!  Bottom line Investing in your own library is one of the best ways of sharing knowledge and re-creating artworks from history.  Get the one that interests you most! Then kick back and enjoy your own personal treasure!