28 Replies to “The Kjortel — an ancient but super-functional garment”

  1. For those allergic to wool, polyester fleece is the closest for water repellent and the warmest like wool. That's why fleece is used for most modern mountaineering equipment. Depending on the weight you find, it may take two layers, but no more or you will sweat.

  2. Thank you for not trying to act like an expert on old norse clothes/culture like all other americans that make videos like these (and much of what they say is false)

    You just show the clothing, tell us about your experience and nothing more. Thank you.

  3. Do you know where one can find patterns or detailed measurements of the pieces to make one of those?

  4. I'm getting three pairs of them. It's to honor our ancestors who didn't have what we have now

  5. The atomic frequency measurement of linen fabric measures 5,000!
    The frequency of wool measures 5,000
    The frequency of cotton measures 40 & organic unbleached cotton measures 100, which are not healing materials, but they don’t harm the health.
    Silk fabric only measures 10 units of energy, which would fail to support health in the human body.
    Rayon (wood & bamboo fiber) measures at a 15 signature frequency.
    Plastic materials such as polyester, acrylic, spandex, lycra, viscose and nylon measure zero.

    I believe this is why you feel so good with the wool on. I bet if you wore wool underoo’s you would be in perfect alignment… yet you would also need wool boots!!!

    I would love to see what your body energy measures wearing this outfit with no other fabrics or materials…

    Very interesting. Bless your friend. He is a good man for sharing this with you! My husband loves this! Blessings!

  6. Excellent garment.. I had a wool medieval monks garnmebt made with a hood and a sash by a seamstress in the housing development where we live. I had 2 wool army blankets that my parents got in the 1920s that I slept under as a child and youth when the color was buff gray color. I wear it when we have a program or play set in late Roman or medieval times…warm great.A person could sleep in the robe like a blanket and not freeze at night in a european climate but not in the arctic. With another heavy wool blanket wrapped around one would be good to say minus ten. I can see how the mendicant monks.survived going from plave to plsce in the middle ages. And I think your garnment or a full robe like mine might be a good gsrnment for an order of modern mendicantd who might minister to the homeless and advocate for them. An idea of mine to minister among the hugr number of homeless that try to live in our cities and have to liive on the street. The best way to minister to them is a couple or small group of mendicantd who could bring the gospel to the homeless swhere they live. Wa have a terrible lack of connection between the street people of whom we ministter to many. I say this because one of our congregants lost his place to stay a few years agoband now is dead at a young age in his thirties. It is a deadly world out there for the homeless. and nobody is resolved or equipped to take on such a ministry.. A small group of secular franciscans might be the right vehicle..maybe a married older couple whose children are grown or single guys or a mixed group might be best as the ministry under those conditions requires eiither a month or two max at a time or a married couple to be effective emotionally.. The dangers would require really tough guys and urban survivalists who could play instruments and put on street dramas and maybe an ex policeman social woker lawyer types. They would have to deal with criminality. Drug use. insanity. depravity. as well as hunger and exposure and disease and medical needs as well as aliennation and feeling abandonment and anger issues. Wow what a challenging ministry. And these mendicants eould need support from community leaders and churches and grant writing and fund raising and publicity. Big job. Wow! Just dreaming. But wow the need is out there.

  7. Wow, that looks functional, Can you fold a cuff around your face when the hood is up, If you can that would help you see side to side. Thanks for the video,al

  8. Hi there. I often make and wear these when I go for walks as i do medieval historical reenactment. I have not read the earlier messages but the long part of the hood was called a liripipe. It was a fashion in the 14th century. Normally when travelling a person would wear a kyrtle and wear either hose and braises or trousers and a cloak. The cloak was normally fastened over the right shoulder. Cheers.

  9. Here is also a nice on in 100% wool
    https://www.etsy.com/se-en/listing/668089681/viking-kirtle-tunic?ref=shop_home_active_1

  10. Interesting use of the hood tail I hadn't thought of. It's also for tucking into your belt when you're hot and want to carry the hood.

  11. Right on with the tunic etc. observations. Function has always been a place I've disconnected with fashion from. This month I've been patching up a knee length heavy wool cagoule my Mom made for me back around 1979. "Kid's be free. Do what you want to do. Be what you want to be. Just as long as you don't hurt anybody." Rock Musical: "Hair".

  12. I’m cold all the time but I’m sure that I won’t be able to wear that to work. Great video. Thanks

  13. Thank you so extremely much for helping me find these high quality kjortlar! I have been looking for it for a while and didn't find any. And now I found this video, and they are even from my own country, perfect!!

  14. There are people using a similar but not practical garment known as a kolt, the sami.

    The kolt of today is often seen in morning ornamental and shorter (for men at least) but the kolts from about 100 years ago is really something practical that have been honed for generations.

    Old 'real' kolts made for a life in nature:
    https://goo.gl/images/NPZxiZ

    Modern kolts mostly used as a Identity and ceremonial garment:
    https://goo.gl/images/ZiMGey

  15. Can someone link to me a pattern for this kjortel? I cannot find one that matches this and my sewess does not know how to or doesn't want make patterns.

  16. The Kjortel is at first glance very 'RobinHoodesque' and certainly looks at home in the 'outdoors'. A nice video, interesting.

  17. That is a very well made garment. I wore and loved a similar tunic for many years. It was hand made by a woman I lived with from a wool army blanket, though not like those I see today. That one was a slightly looser weave, thicker, and more flexible. Mine was about the length if yours but with wider sleeves and no hood. A separate hooded cowl like you show would have been excellent, but that was in the early 1970s, and it would have attracted a lot of attention. The larger sleeves had the advantage of being able to put my hands into the opposite sleeve for warmth, but that width also meant quite a bit of heat loss. I wore a belt around this tunic, and I kept two leather thongs tucked into it to wrap the forearms and tighten the sleeves when needed. It was a GREAT garment, and now I am inspired to acquire another. It was on my list, as I am getting back into traditional (primitive) trekking and camping.
    I also notice you appear to carry a short bladed machete. This is my constant when in the outdoors and especially the back country. My favorite is a Cold Steel 12" Spearpoint machete, now unfortunately out if production, or a Kershaw Camp 14, a 14" Mn65 bladed machete with more of a cutlass-machete hybrid blade shape. I prefer the Spearpoint for my large field knife, as it is a bit lighter than the Camp 14. Both are great tools when coupled with a smaller fixed blade (or even larger folding) knife. I have been a knife dealer, the largest portion of my outdoors-survival equipment business, so I can carry pretty much any edged tools I want. My kit almost always includes the 12" (or 14") machete, a 5" (to 7") fixed blade belt knife, and a lightweight axe, usually a bearded Norse (aka Viking) style. The larger bearded blade has many uses besides chopping when holding the haft (handle) behind the blade's beard and using as a skinning or carving tool or as an ulu. A frog on the back of my shoulder bag keeps the axe handy and the blade in a safe location without a separate blade cover. Traditional kit is often far more serviceable than much of our modern-made equipment, and as you pointed out, it tends to draw our minds and spirits to another time many people seem to find both familiar and comfortable.

  18. I think he might be on to something with that wraparound in the back. It's puzzled historians for decades.

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