28 November 2018

Herjolfsnes errors: Norlund 63 (Museum No. D10594)

Following discussion on the Herjolfsnes Challenge, it was agreed that it would be useful to have a repository of the errors, inconsistencies and unclear statements in Woven Into the Earth and Medieval Garments Reconstructed, the two reference books about garments from Herjolfsnes, Greenland. These have been collated by members of the Herjolfsnes Challenge.

This blog post deals with errors that directly relate to Norlund 63 (aka D10594). As more errors are found, they will be added to this repository. If you have noticed any, please let us know and we will add them.

All page numbers refer to the English-language versions of either Woven Into the Earth (WitE-E) or Medieval Garments Reconstructed (MGR-E). When the Danish-language versions are referred to, they will be denoted as WitE-D (i.e. Som syet til jorden) and MGR-D (i.e. Nordbomønstre).

For the full repository of Herjolfsnes errors, see this page.

Page 197, WitE-E and pages 101-102 MGR-E - inconsistencies in description of collar.
Found by Jens Börner

In WitE-E, the collar of D10594 is described as follows:

"The collar, cut from one layer of vaðmál, is 27 mm high, but was 
probably once higher since it is now worn away at the top." p. 197, WitE-E.

However, in both of the cutting patterns on p. 101 of MGR-E the collar is drawn as being cut from two layers of fabric. Additionally, the pattern on p. 102 of MGR-E suggests the collar be cut at around 30 mm high, ignoring the fact that the original was probably taller.

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