Known variously as legwraps, wickelbander or puttees, winingas are woven woolen strips which were wrapped around the lower leg among the Anglo-Saxon and Viking cultures.
These woolen bands are of a statistically uniform type, occuring among the textile remnants excavated from early medieval urban sites across Europe from Dublin, Ireland to the Finnish graves at Zalatovye. The bands are usually 3"-4" wide (75-100 mm), and selvedges on both sides indicate the bands were woven to this narrow size rather than cut. The weave is almost invariably of a very fine quality 'herringbone' twill.
These highly accurate winingas have been individually hand dyed and woven by Master Weaver Laina Therrion. Top quality wools have been hand dyed in fast colours which have been carefully matched to natural dye samples. and hand woven in assorted herringbone weaves. Each strip is woven to width and hand finished.
Each pair is one of a kind, and will not be duplicated. Pairs are removed from inventory as they are sold, and will be replaced with new colour combinations which are chosen at the discretion of the weaver.
Custom colour combinations can be ordered for $150 per pair. Please allow 8-12 weeks for production of custom orders.
One size fits most- 4" x approx. 10'. Sold in pairs.
This product has been developed in consultation with the Authenticity Officers for Regia Anglorum in the US and UK, as well as the Authenticity Officers for the Vikings UK and NA. Although it is policy for both groups to avoid giving blanket endorsements to vendors, this garment conforms to current Regia Anglorum and Vikings kit standards.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 30 August, 2010.