I had a mildly upsetting experience last weekend in chatting about fibers and dyeing with someone. She asked about my persona, and I told her I was 13th c. Welsh. “Oh, so you’re not dressed it today, then,” she said.
!?!?!!! I said. I thought I was!
So, dear readers – help me out here. Am I, in fact, doin it rong? Here’s a photo (taken by Lady Diana de Winterton – click on photo for full size) of what I was wearing – that’s a pink linen gown, geometric construction, and a head wrappy thing (yes, that’s the technical term). You can’t really see it, but I’m also wearing a narrow leather belt – not much else in the way of accessories.
A photo of a coif from the Maciejowski bible (click on image for full size) – mine is not exactly like this, but I think it’s reasonably similar (it’s just cheaty and easier, since I have yet to actually make a St. Birgitta’s coif for myself).
Women from the Maciejowski bible (again, click photo for full size). My dress is lighter weight than that, and not quite as long – both primarily for practical reasons, as it’s springtime and I walked all over the place and didn’t want to trip.
The one thing I really wasn’t replicating is body type – all the Maciejowski girls (and from what I’ve seen many 13th c. women in illumination) are really tall and skinny with no breasts or hips. This does not describe me and probably will never describe me.
Other than that – what do I need to fix?