Photo: Annika Larsson
Psst, remember all those somber Vikings in the movies? Well, Hollywood was wrong, according to textile researcher Annika Larsson of Uppsala University. She said that evidence from the Viking Age revealed that the Vikings were very stylish:
Vivid colors, flowing silk ribbons, and glittering bits of mirrors - the Vikings dressed with considerably more panache than we previously thought. The men were especially vain, and the women dressed provocatively, but with the advent of Christianity, fashions changed, according to Swedish archeologist Annika Larsson.
"They combined oriental features with Nordic styles. Their clothing was designed to be shown off indoors around the fire," says textile researcher Annika Larsson, whose research at Uppsala University presents a new picture of the Viking Age.