The Kyrtill dates back to the year 1870. It was designed by the Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson who sought inspiration from the medieval tunic, the kirtle. an Icelandic Kyrtill is a full-length gown made from satin, woolen muslin or velvet and is most often white, black or dark blue. The square neckline is a distinctive feature as well as the embroidery along the yoke, sleeves and hemline. The belt is made of linked silver or gilt silver plates. The headdress is shaped like a Phrygian cap whit a veil that is held in place by a band of gilt brass or silver.
Homemade Porcelain Doll in Icelandic National Costume
Present day Icelandic national costumes for women include the festive dresses Skautbúnigur and Kyrtill, the traditional costume Peysuföt, and the “everyday” costume Upphlutur.
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