“We imagine that the woman was wearing a pinafore dress, which was fastened with turtle brooches. Under the dress she probably had on a sark or shirt of linen or fine wool. Over her shoulders she was likely wearing a cape with embroidered decorative elements,” says Ruth Iren Øien at the NTNU University Museum.
In some places, they found textiles layered on top of each other, including where the needles attach to the brooches, which they believe represent garments from both inner and outer clothing.
“The cape appears to have been lined with a fine wool fabric and along the edge we can see remnants of narrow braiding. This braid might have been made to strengthen the edge, but it also had a decorative function” says Øien.
Finding well preserved textiles is incredibly rare, and it is even more unusual to find embroidered textiles, which are known only from a few opulent graves, like Oseberg and Mammengraven in Denmark.
Several of the fragments reveal information about the stitching and details used for assorted types of clothing and, although it can be difficult to figure out which dyes were used, the team of archaeologists say they are keen to take a closer look at the colours of the clothes.