The Vikings needed food, clothes, and shelter to survive. The Vikings ate things like porridge, meat and fish soup, flatbread and shortbread. The Viking's clothes were made mostly of wool. The Vikings brought sheep with them to islands they settled for wool and meat. Clothes were spun and woven by Viking women. The Vikings also dyed clothes red, yellow, green, blue, and brown with mineral and vegetable dyes. Viking men wore a long woolen shirt and long cloth trousers held up by a sash or three-quarter coat with a belt. One his feet he would wear socks and soft leather shoes or long leather boots. In battle he would wear an iron helmet and a chainmale vest. Viking women wore long linen dresses plain or pleated with an apron like tunic over top. It was held up by a pair of brooches or sometimes joined by a chain or string of beads. Over the tunic she might have a shawl and on her feet would be thick wool socks and soft leather shoes. Both men and women wore fur or woolen hats with a cloak in cold weather. The cloaks were fastened at the shoulder by a pin.
Viking in war attire