iron age bateau neckline or how i learned to love global warming

photograph: Folgefonna glacier, courtesy University of Bergen Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report ecomodista understands  global warming as a concept bur does  prefer the term climate change, feeling that global warming is a misnomer creating a warm and fuzzy feeling in those less knowledgable or perhaps even those who are not, obscuring the effects of higher global temperatures, such as producing mercurial weather. Think 2005 August in NYC when a large rain storm drove temperatures down to sweater weather or the category 3 Hurrican Ophelia hitting Ireland 2017 producing the first ever severe weather alert for the entire country.

Melting glaciers are revealing prehistoric tools, metal work and most recently a rare and fascinating Iron Age garment. Found in an area where reindeer hunting occurred seasonally on Lendbreen glacier, 6,500 feet abve sea level in Norway, this type of tunic may have been the precursor to sweaters. Norwegian archaeologists now have access to region previously unexplored and as additional artefacts are discovered a more detailed portrait of the Iron Age emerges. Dating from 230-390 AD, the tunic consists of two different textiles, one forming the primary garment, another used for patching wear and tear damage. Sleeves were added at a later date. The 2011 archeological find was woven from under wool, the softest and warmest fleece, and in a diamond twill pattern, which similar to cables used in knitting would produce tiny pockets of air that insure greater insulation. Marianne Vedeler, chief archeologist, reconstructed a duplicate tunic to determine how much time was required to card and separate the under wool, spin on a hand spindle and dye it (using Selbu Spineri The textile was woven on a vertical warp-weighted loom, a type used since the Bronze Age, in a diamond twill, certainly an advanced type of woven pattern. Dr. Vedeler hopes to inspire contemporary designers to reconsider sourcing local fibers, producing more durable garments, to offset the damage of fast fashion.