In St. Andrew’s parish Orkney in 1867 a garment was found in a peat bog, which was subsequently named ‘The Orkney Hood’.

Orkney Hood
Orkney Hood

This apparently unique garment with its complex weaving and double tablet woven bands with fringe, was taken to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh for display. The hood remained on display for approximately 83 years until it was studied in detail by A .S. Henshall, who suggested it could be of Iron Age or Viking origin due to the tablet woven bands which were a typical feature of Scandinavian textiles of these periods. It was also suggested by Henshall that the style of the fringing on the hood could have its origins in Bronze Age Danish Textiles. A recent report on the Orkney Hood (Gabra-Sanders 2001, 98 ) also comes to this conclusion …

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