After doing reenactment for five years, this has become my outfit of choice for markets. A basic linen serk, undyed, sometimes without sleeves (not proven to be historically accurate as far as I know, but very nice for warm summer days, or this one with long sleeves.
I keep it simple with the jewellery. A brooch in the keyhole neckline and a simple necklace, sometimes just one of the two. My favourite necklace is also my most plain one, and it is this simple black iron arrowhead. I bought it at my very first market back in 2013, and I have been wearing it ever since!
For a belt, I prefer this tablet weave (I am unsure of what pattern this is though, knowledgeable tablet weavers, hit me up with your ideas) that I purchased in 2015. I usually have a tiny pouch in my belt, that holds all my coins for when I'm out trading. This particular pouch was made by @lykosleather and I love it to bits!
I also carry my Hedeby bag, that got a huge upgrade this winter! Can't wait to show off my new one! Pro-tip: if you have your bag in wool, it will help keep your drinks cold, and create a sort of mini-fridge with its own temperature. Very practical.
And last but not least, I have made it a habit to carry a ceramic cup with me, because staying hydrated is incredibly important! This cup has petroglyphs from Sarpsborg, Norway, and while not completely accurate (since we don't know if they decorated their cups this way), I still love it to bits!
After years of doing reenactment, I find myself wearing my aprons and massive bling less and less, and I want to encourage the very aspiring or beginner reenactor to focus on the basic first! They're so much more practical, less heavy, and a lot less expensive!
Photo by @joravikingtales
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