Sorry this took a bit, I was hoping to get a few more, but this is a good start. I think I did myself, and everybody, a great disservice by saying I would help with general medieval information. I sat here and derped pretty hard, so, for future questions, please keep them limited to Roman/Byzantine … Continue reading The First Round of “Ask Me Anything” Answers!
So, while I'm taking a short break from heavy SCA sewing and research, I want everybody to help me keep my brain ticking. Every week, or however often I get questions, I'm going to have a question/answer column here on my blog. Feel free to ask me anything about Roman and Byzantine history, textiles, clothing, … Continue reading Ask me anything!
We always see them: the funky printed cottons in the stores. Sometimes we can't resist, and then we wonder why the heck we bought it in the first place. Clearly, you can't make garb out of silly prints! Or can you? This summer, I had a weird awakening. It's no secret to my readers and … Continue reading Yes, it is OK to have fun with garb!
I managed to get back to the Met last month, and spend a whopping six hours there, never getting off the first floor. Again. Well, except for the Roman study rooms, but I digress. They have a really neat exhibit right now under the stairs in the Jaharis vault (where my favorite tunic was) that … Continue reading Painted linen wall hangings
I finally got a chance to go back to the MFA yesterday and see Juno with a head on. When they acquired her in 2012, she was decapitated and needed a nose job. When I went last year in 2014, she was blocked off because of a special event. So yesterday, finally yesterday, I got … Continue reading A better look at Juno at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
We're always so quick to forget that fashion has been a phenomenon for thousands of years. Women just didn't wear one or two style dresses. They wore what was in style, they wore what was popular in other places and made it work for them. I'm a firm believer that the clothing of Roman women … Continue reading A Gallery of Roman Provincial Clothing
I've done some translation before for scribal work, but I never really get the chance to play wordsmith. So when the husband of a friend receiving her AoA at Birka this last weekend asked me and the other ladies of the house to help, I got excited. Her persona is Spartan, which makes things surprisingly … Continue reading Award of Arms scroll for Lady Petra de Cilicia