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It seems there might just be a 'plant fibre' underdress from Finland. Apparently it's in Ken kantaa Kalevalaa.

From: Satu Hovi (2010) "Female Viking Finn Costume" Tournaments Illuminated 173; 15-18, 28.

"In the cemetery of Masku, western Finland, an underdress made from plant fiber was found, dating to about 1000 CE. There were cloth fragments from both the upper and lower part of the garment. The fiber from the lower part was much more coarse than that of the upper, so the dress either has a fine upper part and a coarse lower part, which is a division very common in folk costumes from the 19th C., or the tunic and skirt were separate, as is seen in some Bronze Age Danish finds. In the later case, the separate skirt could be sewn as a tube length from the ankles to the breast. The skirt is girded with a tablet woven band in the waist and the leftover upper body length is allowed to fall and cover the belt."

The rest of the article is a more condensed and polished version of Satu's website, with a bit more emphasis on references. There is a lot of interesting things just casually referenced in it.

The interesting thing, is that Jenny Kangasvuo's page says the two-piece tunic is the Kaarina dress. The Kaarinan dress seems to have been analysed as part of Jaana Riikonen's masters thesis "Naisenhauta Kaarinan Kirkkomäessä.
But the reference for the reconstruction itself comes from (as best as I can tell) a book on folk costumes, called Ildiko Lehtinen and Pirkko Sihvo. 1984. Rahwaan puku /Folk Costume, Museovirasto, Helsinki. So, I'm guessing the people who are leaning towards the folk-costume dress (at the very least, the idea that tunics have waist seams, which I've vaguely mused about before), aren't trying to adapt the Eura gown idea? Who knows.

Also, the Institutet för Forntida Teknik has a document in .doc format about reconstructing the Kaarina headdress. (Google translate does a pretty good job.)
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Artwork of both men and women wearing wrapped scarves/veils/turbans...
Read more... )

I know there is more out there, but it's a start.
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13th century pleated hats and bands (so, we're not quite into pleated veils yet...)

Kopfbedeckungen für Frauen im Deutschland des 13. Jahrhunderts
by Nicole Perschau

Krusekanter i 1200-tallets kvindehovedtøjer
by Camilla Luise Dahl
My own quick and nasty translation about the Spanish pleated stuff.

I prefer the style with barbette, fillet and veil, not entirely sure why. I think it's because headwear is one of the things a lot of people think about the least (and wear the least) so going completely overboard by wrapping myself up in linen might be over-compensating.

I also want to stick to more German sources, since I plan to move into Polish fashion next, and as far as I can tell they are very similar styles. Anyone with better knowledge of 13th century Polish fashion, please correct me!
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Some Notes on Curonianan Women’s Bead Sets with Bronze Spacer Plates in their Headbands, Headdresse Made of Cloth and Unaccountable Ware during the Viking Age and Early Medieval Times
by Audrone Bliujiene
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I got a copy of Archaeologia Baltica 6 for my birthday, and inside there are lots of yummy articles, including one about Curonian headwear. ([ profile] siobhan_sca, give me an e-mail address and I'll scan you a copy. It discusses Gotland stuff too.)

The exciting information that isn't mentioned in the summary is that she systematically goes through a bunch of grave reports, and their reconstructions, and tries to figure out how a string of beads found across the chest transformed into a string of beads as headwear. One which I found particularly interesting was the re-interpretation of the Bandužiai cemetery headwear from gr.43A which I thought was the sexiest headwear imaginable.

Shame it was found on the womans' chest, and with a scale it becomes a bit more obvious that either it wasn't a headband or people had tiny heads back then. (The entire string is only 30cm long. At least I guessed right, it was strung together with wire instead of thread.)
It gets even more exciting when you look at the bibliography and find even more people who were drawing Balts in the 16th century.

I wonder how many people decided to grap their measuring tape and see just how far 30cms is around their head...

* from this article from the 1950s, seems to imply that the skull size of Viking-era and modern Icelanders haven't changed in size. So, I'm going to generalise broadly and say that it's unlikely any adult had a head with a circumference of 30cm.

PS. People who are obsessed with tiles and related pottery, this book looks interesting.
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Updated the entry on sprang belts. Have included a possible fourth belt from the article from Zeiere.

Have also found a possible source for the fabric-and-bronze Liv headband reconstruction.
pictures under cut )
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Making a little Sedula-esque hat, with gold bits on it (close approximation to gr. 89). With a detatchable brim so if I get different evidence I can easily just wear it as a headband.

Will find my camera and take photos.

Yeah, it's a Selonian thing, and I'm more in to Semgallian, but there are really strong parallels between the Selonian diadems, and the Semgallian diadem.


Apr. 19th, 2007 04:54 pm
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Pajauta is one of the experimental archaeology groups in Lithuania, that I think is very closely affiliated with the Days of Live Archaeology in Kernave.

Here are some photos from Kernave, and I'm jealous (as always) but also inspired.

One photo in particular has caught my eye, especially since I find it hard to justify wearing the more elaborate bronze headdresses in the SCA.

She is wearing an interpretation of the gilded plaques from 13th century Kernave on a band, similar to the hlad idea in Scandinavia. Another interpretation, favoured by Sedula is the metal plaques sewn on to a little tight-fitting cap. (Sorry, poor quality photo.)

I might look in to making a similar style of plaque-decorated headpiece, though I might look at medieval bezants in general, first. Especially since it seems bezants became popular elsewhere in Europe at about the same time.


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