Historical knowledge

Fur cape made of sheepskin

The Huldremose Woman, which was found in a peat bog in East Jutland in 1879, owned two sheepskin capes. The outer skin cape was almost new. It is made of nine perfectly shaped light and dark sheepskins. The other skin cape, which she wore underneath, was more worn. It is made of at least six complete sheepskins.  The cape was also mended with 22 skin patches. This shows that the capes were used for a long time and that they were valuable clothing objects.

The skin capes were sewn together with close stitches. Skin strips or sinew were used as sewing threads. The skin cape could be reversed, depending on the weather.

A horn comb, a blue hair band and a long leather cord were sewn into one of the patches in the inner cape. The objects were wrapped in the bladder skin of an animal. Most likely these objects were important amulets.

The Huldremose Woman lived in the centuries before the birth of Christ, between 350-41 BC.

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