Viking Couture: Public arena for research, dialogue and communication

Contact: Annika Larsson +46 - (0)70 - 499 98 85

(RJ 2017-2018)

Many people are interested in history. Culture and heritage belongs to everyone and can be interpreted in a range of ways, depending of the back-grounds. But accurate and detailed knowledge of many aspects often somehow don't reach the general audience. How can more scientific heritage research results reach a wider audience? We have to make it fun and interesting. Research projects must affect, include and communicate with the surrounding society in order to be successful.

This project is important as it raises the awareness around complex historical facts that showcase the diversity of influences in historical cultures and counteracts xenophobic ideologies. The aim of the project is to bring the research process to life by creating an interaction between scientists and the visitors of an exhibition, exploring an interesting topic; The Vikings and their attire. A ceremonial gown for women, "Viking Couture“, is in the focus.

The exhibition questions – by using fashion and clothes – old myths, surrounding gender, social status, aesthetic and national identity, during the Viking age. The Scandinavian Viking textiles originate from the same parts of the world where today's refugees come from - namely Central Asia and the Middle East. The influence is visual in traditional textile crafts that are still used in Scandinavia today. 

This Communication project is built on collaboration between textile scientists from Uppsala University, established craft and textile designers and museum arena curators, and financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) – a Swedish independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences:

Communication Project

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

The aim of this initiative is to enable RJ to respond to researchers’ own initiative and interest in collaboration and research communication more effectively than to date. This involves, for example, lecture series, popularisation measures, films, podcasts, exhibitions or blogs. It may also entail focused advisory inputs or projects, jointly with practitioners and users of the research.