Othala Craft

by Angelika Strycka

Othala Craft was born out of a passion for Viking history.

My hand sewing skills combined with 'studying' historical materials relating to the Viking Age have resulted in the first Viking clothing which has gained acclaim from reenactors around the world. For years I have travelled to history markets, where my costumes have found an audience that loves the stories of early medieval Europe.

Othala Craft focuses on costumes from the Viking and Slavic periods, I focus on the 8th - 9th centuries. I mostly make Viking garb based on finds from Hedeby ( Haithabu), Birka, Borre, Oseberg, Sutton Hoo as well as Byzantine iconography. Recently I have also taken an interest in barbaricum, which is equally fascinating.

As a craftsman, I have also been recognised by clients playing Viking Larp and Viking cosplay. Some of the most popular costume items include tunics, dresses, trousers (pants), hats or hoods. Welcome to my world!

The costumes are sewn in different ways, depending on the customer's wishes. Most garments are machine-sewn on the inside; all visible seams are sewn by hand. There are also costumes that are sewn entirely by hand.

Quality and precision are paramount in my work. My costumes are refined in detail.

Viking Garb from Hedeby

In my work based on historical sources, iconography, archaeological, ethnographic sources.

On the website you will find vintage costumes made from high quality fabrics. I try to use colours close to those obtained by vegetable dyeing. I also offer hand-woven and hand-dyed fabrics, this is more for individual orders. 

All embroidery is done by hand, I use linen, silk and wool threads.  The embroidery motifs are inspired by historical finds. I also make copy based on specific artefacts, of which very few have survived. 

Items being on the website are available in stock. It is possible to implement individual order. Delivery time depends on the availability of fabrics.

I try to use the type of stitching are based on archaeological findings.

The cuts of the costumes are also based on the findings, although many times an element is missing and here I combine my tailoring experience with ethnographic knowledge. 

9th century Slavic clothing

I try to choose the fabrics of the highest quality, meeting the criteria of history.
All fabrics are washed before sewing and embellishment.

All embroideries are made by hand, I use woolen, silk and linen thread. The accuracy of execution and appropriate process embroidery fills their shelf life.

Reconstructions of historical costumes is a complicated subject, especially specificity period of Slavs and Vikings tends more towards the experimental archeology. Costumes made by me are of my interpretation.

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