Copyright Forest Folk 2018


Explanation of work method:

Here at Forest Folk we try to make all of our products as historically accurate and practical as  possible with the archaeological evidence known today. All of our products can be used as though they would have been in the time they originate from. We strive to get them up to the standards of their time.
I do not work with (modern) traditional patterning methods but with older measurement to fabric methods to ensure a perfect fit.
We use materials as close to the historically known materials as we can find in this day and age.
In earlier times it was custom that most clothes where woven in the home but some trade especially in fabrics is known.
Due to the sizes of the weaving loom not so much the length but the width of the fabric was sometimes limited to a smaller size then we are used to today. Some of the patterns of clothing were also influenced by this and gussets were often used in clothing to make a wider fit.
All clothing was stitched by hand since sewing machines are a fairly recent (1790’s invention), and methods of connecting the different bits of fabric have changed a lot since then.
If you look at modern reconstructions of viking era clothing like in some tv shows, you see a lot of big rough stitches made with thick thread. However recent archaeological research has shown that both the methods of weaving and stitching were much more refined than previously thought.
The dyes that were used were mostly natural and some plant based dyes are still used today.
The fabrics in use were mostly wool, linen and silk for the richer people, but some evidence of cotton and linen mixes has been found.

Explanation of measurement:

How to take your measurements:
With your order I will notify which of the following measurements apply for your choice of product.

1: total height
2: shoulder to floor: wear a shirt that fits snugly and measure from the shoulder seem to the floor
3: shoulder width: measure in the same shirt as above from where the sleeve connects to the shoulder seem across the front of the neck to the other sleeve/ shoulder seem
4: chest width: measure around your chest at the broadest point ( women measure both underneath and over breasts)
5: waist: measure around the smallest part of your waist
6: hips: measure around the broadest part of your hips where the thighbone reaches the hip socket
7: inner leg length measure from floor to where the crotch seems of fitting trousers meet
8: outer leg length: measure from floor to top of the hip
9: leg width: measure around the broadest part of the thigh
10: arm width: measure around the biceps while “flexing” the muscle to assure mobility
11: width of neck: measure around the neck where the shoulder muscles connect

Price indication:
Prices of all our products vary due to the many options in embellishment you can choose to add to your purchase.


Price indication from:

Basic tunic: €45 linen
Basic pants:€45 linen
Basic undershirt: €45
Basic chemise (underdress):€50
Dress: €75 linen
Hangerock: €75
Kaftan: €95
Blanket cloak: €95
Fitted cloak: €100
Circle cloak: €120

The prices above are a basic garb, machine stitched on the invisible seams hand stitched on the visible seams, you can add embroidery or woven bands or other embellishments, this makes the price go up with the amount of material and time investment, as an example we have worked out some options for a wool tunic below:

Basic tunic: €55
All hand stiched +€10
Card woven band +€25
A basic tunic with card woven bands and all seams hand stitched costs €90
The price varies with the size of the garment,  woven bands on a cloak cost more than woven bands on a tunic.

Please feel free to contact us for a price indication for your garment of choice.

Washing instructions:
Wool: Wash at 30C on wool program or hand wash, do not tumble-dry, do not bleach, do not dry in direct sunlight (might cause discoloration), if you get snow, spread out on a clean patch of not melting snow to get stains and smells out. This will also soften the wool. Linen is to be washed at no more then 40C, do not tumble-dry, do not bleach, do not dry in direct sunlight Cotton is to be washed at 40C, only tumble-dry if it is not a stretch type of cotton, do not bleach. Silk is to be hand wash with a mild soap If fabrics are combined in a garment use the washing instructions of the most delicate fabric. Forest Folk can not be held accountable for any wrong use of items, or injury’s obtained whilst wearing items created by Forest Folk.  Please use common sense, although wool and linen might not burn as easy as modern fabrics keep track of your long garbs near open fire and moving machinery.  Some items may contain small bits that when dislodged could form a chocking hazard for small children and or pets. We make sure any items meant for children do not contain such items.Even though we try hard not to get our pets near our products, they could contain allergens from cats or dogs. All natural materials could contain allergens of plants, feathers or the animals that they came from, since they are natural products.