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Germanic People: Clothing In The Viking Age

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All the Germanic peoples in northern Europe wore similar clothing.
While variations did exist, throughout the Viking era and across the Viking lands, clothing styles were remarkably consistent.
Up top, men wore a tunic that was tight fitting across the chest with a broad skirt. Down below were trousers which could be either loose fitting or tight.
The outer garment for the man's upper body was the kyrtill, the overtunic. It was constructed from wool and was constructed using surprisingly complicated patterns, with many pieces that needed to be cut out of the fabric and sewn back together. However, when it was all laid out, very little fabric went to waste.
Some of the Germanic people (such as the Saxons and the Franks) are known to have worn puttee-like leg wrappings from knee to
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Any family which could afford spare clothing would certainly keep warm, dry clothing on hand for travelers.
Short, William R. "Hurstwic: Clothing in the Viking Age." Hurstwic: Clothing in the Viking Age. Hurstwic LLC, n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.

History:
Little is known about many of them in detail
Also known as Teutons
The Indo-European Germanic ethnic group began as a division of the western edge of late proto-Indo-European dialects around 3300 BC, splitting away from a general westwards migration to head towards the southern coastline of the Baltic Sea.
The Germanic tribes seem to have originated in a homeland in southern Scandinavia (Sweden and Norway, and probably northern Denmark too), where they had been settled for around three thousand years following the Indo-European migrations.
Once they had migrated southwards from Scandinavia, the Germanic tribes carved out homelands between the Rhine and the Pripet Marshes (modern Belarus).
Most Celtic and Germanic tribal names were made up of a core word, plus two suffixes, one indigenous and one Latin.
The first Germanic people to penetrate the frontiers of the empire were the West Goths , or
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