Lovely Garb Links for recreating historical clothing:
FABRIC TO INSPIRE:
SARTOR: Reference page to see fabrics recreated from archeological finds. Currently, they have a Viking fabric in polyester and rayon that could be trim. But this is more for reference as these fabrics (especially the silks) are very costly.
LINEN: The ILO19 is a nice weight and good for our climate. The price is reasonable for linen and they run daily sales.
WOOL: absolutely period, for every region of the world, for every part of the period you are studying. Every person at every economic level would have had garments made from this material.
Other options: Linen look cotton: while not period, it is less money and will make nice garb. I think JoAnn’s has a good coupon for a single cut of fabric right now.
BYZANTIUM/Eastern Roman Empire:
Anna’s Rome: This blogger has a Masters degree based on her research into Roman and Byzantine clothing. She offers links to how to make either, I recommend the page: Byzantine Garb Basics She plans to redo it with the changes based on her most recent research but the links from this page in red are still good. The basic shape of tunics for Byzantine change very little during the Empire, with the earliest including more pieces similar to ancient Roman, and very late in the period (1400’s) there would be a tendency to start to fit the torso more and include wide sleeves as a European influence. The women of Jesus’ time all the way through to late Byzantine/Eastern Roman Empire, wore their hair covered (unless they were scandalous or so wealthy they wore hats or turbans, often with jewels attached). Take special note of the blog post where she discovers how to make her veil match what is seen on early Christian icons of Mary.
10th Century Byzantine: has a bit of general reporting on SCA educational events in our region. Lots of pictures in the most recent posts.
Levantia: Dr. Timothy Dawson has garb and armor pages and books out. The website has pictures of garb he has recreated from the historical record.
SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANACHRONISM: history, fun, education. The web portal for people to discover the SCA. HERE is a web portal for the schedule of events in our region. Events have a fee, and everyone attending is required to wear a reasonable attempt at period clothing. That is what we are eager to help you accomplish for your history project and feast.
MET: Metropolitan Museum of Art: COPTIC/Byzantine/early period.
Coptic Child’s Tunic. This is from Egypt. A Coptic Christian could easily have worn this garment. Note that it is made from simple rectangles sewn together, it would be loose fitting.
Common Tunic Style, Child or adult: This child’s dress is the same cut as an adult’s tunic. Again, this would be in perfect order for Christians in this time period, anywhere in the Eastern Roman Empire. Eastern Rome controlled Egypt until the region fell to the forces of Islam.
VIKING: This person plays a Viking persona and teaches. There are some good links on this page for anyone seeking to create historically correct Viking clothing.
12th Century Scotland Nice blog page on clothing in the 1100’s. Has some links as well.
Jewelry: not so much a link as a bit of information: Glass was not cheap in our period of history. Bold colors were even more costly. Women wore glass beads with as much pride as we might actual gemstones. Not that gemstones were not even more valued, but glass was so valuable, a broken item would be gathered up, every shard, and taken to the glassworker to be sold for the weight of the glass or directly commissioned to be remade.