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I'm attracted to the stranger medieval things. Like fabric mittens instead of knitted, naalbinded or leather ones. So, I'm trying to find any information about this other than a brief mention in Halds' Ancient Danish Textiles from Bogs and Burials in the naalbinding section, pg.304.

I also want to make the gloves from Moshchevaya Balka, but I want more information on that too. Ah, what is an insane costumer to do?

And, hopefully try some more complex naalbinding stitches, with the Kekomäki stockings (or mittens... nobody seems to know the position of the grave find, and the stocking idea is based on ethnology. Satu Hovi says that from talking to archaeologists that it's a mitten since it was found at the waist, see the section on the Kaukola mitten.)

Date: 2007-11-01 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teffania.livejournal.com
Only mittens, or also fabric gloves?

Date: 2007-11-01 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pearl.livejournal.com
I know about the emporors' silk gloves (http://medievalbeads.com/content/view/42/29/), but I'm more interested in the secular ones.

There are also Tutankhamun's linen gloves (http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/record.aspx?id=14794&lan=D), if you want to go earlier. :)

Date: 2007-11-01 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teffania.livejournal.com
Nah, I knew you'd know about those OTT gloves, I was more thinking about others. In fact there were 3 other pairs of gloves escavated with those, but I think at least 2 disintergrated after the sketches were made. All are plainer (one only a bit so), one has a line pattern that can only be very fine naalbinding to my mind. Original sketches are reporduced in "Denkmale der Deutschen Konigen", along with attributions. I might have half translated those entries.

Linen Gloves, 11th C German? Holy Roman emporers? In Aachen Cathedral Treasury. I bet there's a pic on bild index somewhere. My info is from "Die Textilen Kunst". It's a white on white brocaded linen too. Pretty.
(book's I'm mentioning - check CD's from months ago)

And the references to fine german naalbinded gloves you'd be familiar with.

I'm trying to make a collection of images of 12th C gloves/mittens, but I've only found 2 images (both with birds of prey), which should give you an idea of how rare they are.


Anyway, point is for all the evidence I've managed to find, you'd think only kings and bishops wore anything on their hands. Which patently can't be true. I must write up or at least chat with you about the moufle though - it's an option that allows people to have warm/protected hands without the need for gloves or mittens. And it's there in the 12th C french clothing vocab which may account for why I'm having such trouble. So I'm not going to be much help with your hunt for the secular.


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