Viking Birka-Haithabu symmetrical Kaftan, Perfect garb for Norse, SCA and LARP Reenactment.


***PLEASE READ ALL item details below and be aware of estimated shipping times before purchasing! Measurements are required for this custom made item (additional fees apply for plus size items, link below)***


I created this symmetrical style kaftan (Klappenrock), inspired by the symmetrical kaftan findings in Birka and the Loden jacket findings in Haithabu. The Haithabu and Birka kaftans were similar to the one above - of thick wool (sometimes linen) a center front opening, no lining or buttons and were thought to be worn belted. These Kaftans are coined the “warrior coat” or “riding coat” and it is thought that the Viking’s inspiration for many of them derives from the East - the Medes and Parthians of the Iranian Plateau, Egypt and the Byzantine court.

The symmetrical Birka kaftan seemed to be popular among Swedish Vikings, as there have been several finds of symmetrical coats in that context. A complete Viking kaftan has not yet been recovered, however several graves at Birka had remnants of them, featuring central lines. This is a separate style then the very popular Haithabu asymmetrical style Klappenrock that I also offer in my shop.

I wanted to add a simple silhouetted cardigan-type jacket to my shop that can be worn as an every day piece, transitioning through every season, worn during campfires and faires when the nights get chilly. You can layer underneath, and the sleeve length is up to you if you prefer them longer! I have it modeled here with a belt. If you’d like to close the front, historically a brooch would be used to do this. The smooth neckline draws inspiration from the long woolen female coats that are often depicted having swooping necklines and fastened with a brooch.

My desire in creating this piece was for it to be worn by any gender! Depending on the measurements and who orders, I adjust all my patterns to flatter the person I am making it for. As always every item is handmade and custom made to your measurements. I am really looking forward to making more of these kaftans, they are a perfect way to stay - historically - warm and layered for throughout the seasons!

This Kaftan features a relaxed but tailored fit, the center front and back are completed with a sewn in facing that leaves the edge smooth and clean. Also features a 2 inch hem. The sleeve length is completely up to you!

This piece goes great with linen tunic & trouser set underneath. Hang drying is always recommended. All seams are aesthetically and professionally finished. Inside seams are machine serged and pressed flat.

Color options include medium or heavy weight Raven Black, Medium weight Raven Black, Cedar Brown, Ash Gray, Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Forest Green, Wine Red, Ruby Red, Amber Orange, Honey Yellow, Amethyst Purple, or Natural Flax. The heavy weight linens are just as soft and comfortable as the medium weight, it's just slightly heavier, making it great for layering and keeping warm. Wool options are warm and thick wools. Colors include Fern Green, Moss Green, Coal Black and Steel Gray.

I am a perfectionist, I use the highest quality materials and create each item with care and special attention to detail.


Please have measurements specified upon order so I can start on your item right away. Take all measurements tight to the body with no slack in the measuring tape, I will add extra inches so there is a roomy fit unless otherwise specified. Contact me if you need any help with measurements! Also please indicate how roomy you would like your garment to be. If you already have a similar style dress or non-stretch garment that fits just as you'd like this one to, you can provide those measurements as well. If so, please indicate that the measurements you're providing is from a garment and not from your body!

** PLUS SIZES - Considered to be either a bust larger than 42 inches, a waist size larger than 38 inches and or a hem length longer than 60 inches. Plus sizes will require more fabric resulting in an additional fee. In addition to purchasing this item, please purchase the additional Custom Plus Size Fee by following this link - Please read the description to figure out what applies to you**

The measurements I need upon order are as follows:

*Please provide measurements in INCHES. I work in inches and don't want any confusion upon converting.*

Circumference of chest (along bust):
Circumference of waist:
Circumference of hips:
Neck to shoulder:
Shoulder to where you want sleeve length to be (your choice of long or short sleeves):
Base of skull to where you want dress to be hemmed at bottom (this is for the length of the overall Kaftan):
Circumference of bicep:

Failure to provide measurements upon order will prolong shipping time, so please provide them when placing your order!


I accept Paypal, credit and debit cards as well as Etsy gift cards. All payment must be received in full upon placing your order.

Since you are ordering a custom made item, cancellations cannot occur after 24 hours of placing the order. If you place an order without measurements and don't provide measurements for a period of time, your order still remains nonrefundable and may have to be made at a later date then first estimated when you placed the order.

Shipping from United States

Please take note of shipping time for each listing as they vary. Depending on what items purchased, the amount of items purchased and my work load depends on ship time. Ship times are always provided to the customer before and after ordering. Failure to provide measurements upon order will prolong shipping time, so please provide them when placing your order!

If multiple items are ordered at once and each item has different ship times, they will all be shipped together according to the longest ship time estimated unless otherwise stated so please let me know!

All import fees are the responsibility of the buyer. As an American made shop, I have no control over international ship costs and times. Please understand that if you buy from out of the United States of America there is a chance of having to pay import fees.

I hold the right to not refund an order if measurements were not provided by the buyer, which resulted in the item not being made by the date it was meant to ship or by the date the buyer intended to have it by. I hold the right to cancel an order if an order is purchased with an expedited shipping fee without the buyer first discussing with me my availability, as stated in the item description.

Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Returns and exchange details

Since you are ordering custom made items, there are no refunds after 24 hours of placing your order. All items are custom made so they are final sale and there are no exchanges or returns. Everything is made based on the measurements I am provided by the buyer. I suggest having a qualified person help the buyer with taking their measurements so they are accurate. I change and alter my handmade patterns to custom fit to the measurements I am provided. Therefore I only ship out items if they are correctly made by me, according to the measurements provided to me by the buyer. Because of this I cannot offer to make any adjustments to them afterwards. My formula for proper fit is based on my almost 100% 5 star reviews and customer feedback for over 1,000 garments made. If an item doesn't fit and it was made correctly based off the measurements provided to me by the buyer, the responsibility is of the buyer. If a buyer places an order and does not provide measurements, a refund cannot be issued at a later date. If a buyer places an order for a plus size item and didn’t order the plus size fee required, the responsibility is of the buyers. Therefore no returns, exchanges or refunds will not be possible.

I hold the right to cancel an order if measurements are not provided to me in a timely manner. I hold the right to not refund an order if measurements were not provided to me by the buyer, which resulted in the item not being made by the date it was meant to ship or by the date the buyer intended to have it by. I cannot make items unless measurements are provided to me. I also hold the right to cancel an order if a customer is disrespecting me in any way or undermining my abilities that causes me to feel too uncomfortable making their items.


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I work hard to ensure the happiness of my customers by making them the best quality garment possible. I am grateful for every one of you and need your help to make sure your item fits you the way you are wanting it to!

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders depend on my availability. Please contact me for more information.

Sizing details

Everything in my shop is custom made to your measurements. Please provide them to me upon placing your order. All information on what I need is under every item description.

Care instructions

Every order is shipped with special care instructions. There are also care instructions listed under every item description.

Expedited shipping

Expedited shipping may be available at certain times. All depending upon my current workload. If you’d like an item by a certain date you must contact me BEFORE placing your order and before purchasing the expedited fee so that I can let you know if it is possible.

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