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Daugavas lībiešu 10.-13. gadsimta krūšu važiņrotas ar bruņrupuču saktām.
(10th-13th Century Daugava Liv Pectoral Chain Ornaments with Tortoise Brooches.)
by Roberts Spirģis, 2006.
https://dspace.lu.lv/dspace/handle/7/276

It's a PhD thesis, and is very information-dense, but is also very, *very* cool.
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They've redesigned their site, so I can't find what I was looking for, but I did find their collection of free-to-download PDF booklets!
http://latinst.lv/brosuras-un-bukleti/

Photos!

Jan. 7th, 2011 07:52 pm
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Not by me, but by [livejournal.com profile] klan_land, via [livejournal.com profile] by_ethno .
Photos of textile tools from the History Museum of Latvia.

[livejournal.com profile] klan_land has also taken photos of some very brightly embroidered shoes from Minsk, and Polotsk but that's about as far as my Belarusian will stretch
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The Latvia Institute looks to have updated the English section of their website, with a general introduction to dress from 'Ancient' times (ie. 7th century) up to the 19th century. Even better, the little booklet the information is drawn from is available in PDF.

Thought people who are fans of pretty pictures might appreciate the link. :)
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So, [livejournal.com profile] j_v_lynch found my unloved dress-diary and has been asking about clothing. I found some really cool stuff un-related to his question.

I found the lj of [livejournal.com profile] aslaug, and the scans put up of Latvian dress.
http://aslaug.livejournal.com/38906.html ('ancient' dress)
http://aslaug.livejournal.com/39728.html (folk dress)

It's too hot to do anything serious right now. It's 28°C(82.4°F) inside. That's just not right.
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I still owe [livejournal.com profile] gargoyal3 information on tablet weaving... maybe I can distract her with this?

14th c. band from Weinhausen, Germany
http://www.yrmegard.pri.ee/rus/library/patterns/tw_pattern01.html

12-14th c. Virunuka, Estonia
http://www.yrmegard.pri.ee/rus/library/patterns/tw_pattern05.html
http://www.yrmegard.pri.ee/est/library/patterns/tw_pattern05.html

This is 10-13th c. Latvian
http://www.yrmegard.pri.ee/est/workshop/2007/08/seosed.php

This website also has really gorgeous embroidery stuff too, like this.
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My fellow Baltic enthusiasts! check out http://ms-reenactor.livejournal.com/

A journal with such treasures as...
Photos of finds from from Gugeri cemetary
http://ms-reenactor.livejournal.com/114274.html

Problems in conserving archaeological leather, including shoes!
http://72.14.235.104/translate_c?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.art-con.ru/node/588&usg=ALkJrhhfmysPOzNbZ1kN-cFvr6q8ExJflA

Reconstructed dress
http://ms-reenactor.livejournal.com/113363.html

And, Maxim himself in the Izyaslavl' tunic.
http://ms-reenactor.livejournal.com/110246.html

There's also http://community.livejournal.com/sarmatia/ community

Think [livejournal.com profile] aslan42 would mind if I ran away to Riga to meet well-dressed re-enactors?
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From: Irena Turnau, 1973 "Aspects of the Russian Artisan: The Knitter of the Seventeenth to the Eighteenth Century." Textile History (4) p. 7

The first traces of knitted goods, which have been found within the territory of the present Soviet Union, date from the early Middle Ages. Archaeological excavations have produced implements used in knitting and also the remains of garments. A type of shawl was brought to light in the Latvian excavations. (1) The indoor slippers from Belozero, dating from the eleventh-twelfth century, were crocheted or possibly knitted. (2)

There's also mention of a naalbinded glove from the 16th century from Fadeev, and the Gdansk glove.

(1) Z. Jaworski, 'Welny tkanin ze sredniowiecznych kurkahow L.S.R.R.' Slavia Antiqua II, I, 1949-50
Edit: A Lithuanian Bibliography says the reference is...
Zygmunt Jaworski 'Welny tkanin z wozesnoshistorycznych kurhanow L.S.R.R.' Slavia Antiqua (2) 1949-50 pp.[486]-507

(2) L.I. Jakunina, 'Fragmenty odezdy i obuvi' Istoriceskij pamjatnik russkogo Artikticeskogo moreplavanija XVII veka (Leningrad: 1951) pp.179-186

Now I want to know about the shawl, since I know some Viking re-enactor types have been naalbinding shawls, and sadly Turnau's work is often translated weirdly so there's little difference between knitting and naalbinding. Crocheting usually just means naalbinding though.
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I'm a little worried that this is off the Visu Latvijai! political party website, (Eng: All For Latvia!), just because I don't really want to inadvertently endorse something I only know one very short wikipedia article about.

But, a wedding in early medieval Latvian dress. The way the guys are wearing their cloaks is a little interesting.
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Oh, how the 2008 NESAT programme taunts me! So many interesting things!

NESAT IX is out, but is a tad expensive. Might have to suggest it to a few university libraries.
(David Brown books have nos. 4,5,7,8 and 9)

Other symposiums that might be helpful:

XIV International Economic History Congress -- has most of the lectures online, quite a few are medieval but you need to search through them all. (They're all grouped by topic sessions. Session 75 is a good one. Session 30 is about Roman-era coin finds.)

The Cotton Research Project, with a bit on medieval cotton.

13-14th century siege engines in Livonia and a bunch of other articles. It's all a bit random as to what is actually there, but there is an alphabetical list of authors.

Maps of 16th century Livonia

Edit: From the State Archives of Latvia -- Publication Archive: Valda Kvaskova "Evidences of History about the Lithuanian King Mindaug in the Collections of Latvian State Historical Archives" in "Latvijas Arhīvi" 2003.2 pp.7-24
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Riga lays claim to having the first Christmas tree! Although people are skeptical, and everything leads back to the Patricia tourism office, but it's still interesting.

I've linked to Latvias Friend before, but there's still more stuff about mittens to keep one occupied.

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