The Saga Costume is created by Anna Marie Sandvig Sørensen from Tønsberg. The costume is inspired by medieval clothing customs and has no geographical connection. In recent years, Viking and Medieval costumes have become very popular in the Scandinavian countries.
The design is inspired by several descriptions of the Middle Ages: For example, the costume has a lot in common with Erik Werenskiold’s illustrations of the Snorri’s Sagas.
Sagadrakten for women is a floor-length dress in wool in the colors of burgundy, rust red, dark blue and dark green. The oval collar on the dress is decorated with fable animal motifs and the bottom of the skirt is embroidered with a figurative pattern based on the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The waist-line has an embroidered belt with a rope. The metal is specially designed for the Saga Costume consisting of a brooch, cufflinks for the sleeves, a belt buckle and a cross attached to the belt rope, all made from bronze.
The Saga Costume for men is based on a robe from the Middle Ages. The knee-length robe is made of the same fabric as the women’s costume, but is only available in green or dark blue. The bottom of the robe has the same kind of embroidery as the woman’s dress, while around the collar there are two embroidered borders. It is decorated with a leather belt with studs and a buckle in bronze.
You are welcome to contact Husfliden in Tønsberg which manufactures the ‘Sagadrakten’ for more information.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Source: Norsk Bunadleksikon (Norwegian Bunad Encyclopedia)