History Inspired Designs

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Overview

Almost all of my designs are inspired by historical art or mythology but some of them are based heavily on existing pieces. Here I've listed a quick overview below and further down you can find a deeper descripion and story to each of them, enjoy!

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Worlds Oldest Pants

Sacred Runewords

Yggdrasil Tapestry

Folk Vegvisir

Sol and Hati



Deeper look

The worlds oldest pants

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About this design

The first one are the worlds oldest pants we currently have found. They come from a region that today is in western China, likely to have belonged to a horseriding warrior since the middle part or rather crotch area featured an reinforced section. Now while the German Archaeological Institute studied these they recreated them as well and said they are not particularly comfortable for walking. So I wanted to make a design inspired by these but to also be comfortable for walking so I went with joggers - I tried designing them with the middle part as well but felt it didn't really flow that well with the overall design on joggers.



Sacred Runewords

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About this design

This design features a couple of references to archaeological finds, namely the Lindholm amulet, Golden horns of Gallehus and the Kraegehul spearshaft. I've combined these as they all represent a ritualistic undertone - featuring chants, rune sequences and images of ritualistic ceremonies likely and as with most of my stuff, I've aimed for these to look like fashionable clothes but once someone would look at them closer they would understand the references or you could inform them of these if they ask you, sparking an interesting conversation hopefully!



Yggdrasil Tapestry

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About this design

Inspired by the possible Yggdrasil image from the Överhogdal tapestry. It's interpreted as the Yggdrasil based on the story of Veðrfölnir that sits between the eyes of an eagle at the top of the world tree. This design features a simulated knit pattern to leave a more aesthetic look and to be kindof in tune with the tapestry aesthetic.



Folk Vegvisir

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About this design

These designs feature a Vegvisir on the back with an overall knitted look to them, they also bear other symbols from various northern cultures and a mandatory Othala rune for heritage and protection against evil spirits from ones home. In case you don't know the Vegvisir is a symbol found in numerous Icelandic grimoires and currently the earliest occurance of this symbol is from the Huld manuscript thats dated to the 19th century. It's described to guide people on stormy seas to their home, it's often nowadays associated as a guidance symbol and often called a compass as well although this is not what it was inspired by likely, rather it's based on Solomons sigils that likely traveled to Iceland from England.



Sol and Hati

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About this design

On this design there are various symbols that depict the sun - known as solar crosses or sunwheels. The symbols run throughout the design as a row while the other row features an Oseberg styled wolf on it which is supposed to symbolize Hati chasing the sun. It's an old tale where two wolves are described to chase the moon and the sun, it's unclear which chases which as the wolves are described to chase the "glowing priest" and the "brightest bride of the skies" but based on the gender of the sun and moon it's likely that the bride is a reference to the sun.



Thanks for reading this far!

Honestly appreciate the interest you have showed! Feel free to leave any comments below and let me know how this type of closer look feels like? As it's something new I'm trying to have a deeper look at the things I do. If something sparked your interest here, be sure to check out the other stuff I do as well and check out my instagram and youtube for related subjects!

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3 comments

  • Amélie

    Aegishjalmur black or green dress hoodie please? :)


  • Keegan

    Would love to see a design inspired by Latvian runes! I would buy that in a heartbeat. Great work on this!


  • Anton Dotti Eklund

    I’d love to have wool sweaters, thick and thin, with some of these designs. Nice stuff.

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