July 23, 2012

Coat. 19th century, Albania. This stunning full-length, sleeveless coat was fashioned from wool, silk, metal and cotton. The intricate designs indicate heavily to the heavy Ottoman influence in the region at the time.

Source: Met Museum

Another beautiful embroidered coat from 19th century from Albania.

(via travellinganachronism)

July 18, 2012
Archaeological News: 600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle

archaeologicalnews:

VIENNA (AP) — A revolutionary discovery is rewriting the history of underwear: Some 600 years ago, women wore bras.

The University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that archeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.

Instead, it appears the bra came first, followed by the corset, followed by the reinvented bra.

One specimen in particular “looks exactly like a (modern) brassiere,” says Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum. “These are amazing finds.”

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Read more.

This is an important find for reenactors and living history people and a real breakthrough in regards to late medieval female undergarments.

Up to now the general viewpoint was that women only wore an undershirt and no panties or even bras.

July 13, 2012
Coronation Mantle of Roger II of Sicily
http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history/art-history-400-1300-medieval-era/v/coronation-mantle—new
This is a video about a gorgeous medieval treasure from 12th century:
The coronation mantle of Roger the 2nd of Sicily, it´s a well publicised piece kept in Vienna.
I don´t know if any of you know that today nobody on this planet is able to make a gold thread as fine as the one used on this piece. The people working with the finest material today are the Chinese and our club owns one board woven piece done by Heidi Stolte with some gold thread which she was provided by Chinese textile artists. This is the finest thread made today and not available on the open market, but it´s still not as thin as the thread used on this mantle and nobody knows any more how they managed to produce this quality - 800 years ago!
Another quite interesting point is that the coronation mantle of the emperor of the holy roman empire during the time of the crusades had kufic (arabic) inscriptions around the bottom and therefore was clearly made by the arabic craftsmen living in Sicily at the time.
Here´s another site with details about the embroidery:
http://medieval.webcon.net.au/extant_roger_ii.html

Coronation Mantle of Roger II of Sicily

http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history/art-history-400-1300-medieval-era/v/coronation-mantle—new

This is a video about a gorgeous medieval treasure from 12th century:

The coronation mantle of Roger the 2nd of Sicily, it´s a well publicised piece kept in Vienna.

I don´t know if any of you know that today nobody on this planet is able to make a gold thread as fine as the one used on this piece. The people working with the finest material today are the Chinese and our club owns one board woven piece done by Heidi Stolte with some gold thread which she was provided by Chinese textile artists. This is the finest thread made today and not available on the open market, but it´s still not as thin as the thread used on this mantle and nobody knows any more how they managed to produce this quality - 800 years ago!

Another quite interesting point is that the coronation mantle of the emperor of the holy roman empire during the time of the crusades had kufic (arabic) inscriptions around the bottom and therefore was clearly made by the arabic craftsmen living in Sicily at the time.

Here´s another site with details about the embroidery:

http://medieval.webcon.net.au/extant_roger_ii.html

July 10, 2012
Roman hairstyles and clothing
There´s a lot more infos compiled on this website:
http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-clothing/index.htm

Roman hairstyles and clothing

There´s a lot more infos compiled on this website:

http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-clothing/index.htm

June 28, 2012
omgthatdress:

Cape
1905-1910
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Oh - come on this is not design, but a straightforward ripoff from the middle ages!

omgthatdress:

Cape

1905-1910

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Oh - come on this is not design, but a straightforward ripoff from the middle ages!

June 13, 2012
joanna-molloy:

Well this is my latest weaving project.  It’s my first attempt at viking leg wraps and it’s coming along nicely.  I am weaving them in single ply and the white weft is my own drop spindled, handspun, icelandic  wool.  I’m very excited to be creating fabrics or an approximation there of that have not been made for some time.  When these are finished as each of them will be several meters long I will be having a go at spinning some meters of fabric to make something out of.  Though in the weather we are having right now and thick wool blanket might be the go. 

joanna-molloy:

Well this is my latest weaving project.  It’s my first attempt at viking leg wraps and it’s coming along nicely.  I am weaving them in single ply and the white weft is my own drop spindled, handspun, icelandic  wool.  I’m very excited to be creating fabrics or an approximation there of that have not been made for some time.  When these are finished as each of them will be several meters long I will be having a go at spinning some meters of fabric to make something out of.  Though in the weather we are having right now and thick wool blanket might be the go. 

June 12, 2012
Things You Ought Never Say to Your Daughter
Dad: What'cha looking at? *peers over my shoulder*
Me: A bumroll pattern.
Dad: What'sat? It looks like a pillow.
Me: It is, essentially a pillow for your bum. Hence, 'bumroll'.
Dad: Why do you want that?
Me: It's a petticoat support for nicer, more upscale clothing.
Dad: Isn't your bum big enough on it's own?
Me: ...shut up.
Note: I'll have a rather ample posterior, even after I've lost weight, and that's fine...but until I've lost weight, I'd prefer if he didn't talk about my hind end.
February 2, 2012
Links on how to make a medieval glove

maerenundlobebaeren:

Die folgenden Links erscheinen mir hilfreich bei meinem Projekt. Zum Teil sind es moderne Handschuhschnitte, aber es gibt auch zahlreiche Originale aus Skandinavien zu bewundern, die zeigen, wie ein historischer Schnitt ausgesehen haben könnte.

Insbesondere bei Larsdatter.com finden sich sehr interessante Originale aus dem späten 15. Jahrhundert.

http://www.glove.org/glovemeasure.php

http://www.tempus-vivit.net/taverne/thema/1455/seite/2

http://www.glove.org/myfirstgloves.php

http://larsdatter.com/gloves.htm

http://www.1308.no/index.php?view=category&catid=5&option=com_joomgallery&Itemid=66

http://sew-ing.com/make/gloves.html

Reblogging the link collection a German reenactor posted about how to make gloves.

February 1, 2012
Regency Era Slippers

alltheprettydresses:

Straight last shoes were common well into the 19th Century.  The idea of a left and right shoe didn’t really take off until the 1840’s

February 1, 2012
Edwardian Black Leather Shoes

alltheprettydresses:

My guess is that these are “everyday ” shoes.

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