I have a friend that is looking for pictures of trim on Anglo Saxon women's
garb... If you have an references I would appreciate if you could share
them so I can pass them on to her...
I am aware of only 2 pictures that illustrate contrasting trim on women's
garb. One is from the frontispiece of Queen Emma's spin document (whoops,
sorry, her authorised autobiography), you can find a picture at
elaborate trim on her sleeves and a hint of trim around the hem. There's
also a stripe down the front of her gown, but I'd be careful replicating
that, it may have been for royalty only.
The other comes from the OE Hexateuch, British Library MS Cotton Claudius
B.iv, folio 66v (as in, that's the page that shows the illustration). This
illumination of the Exodus includes a woman in a blue gown with contrasting
yellow trim on her sleeves, probably decorated with a circular motif.
Both of these examples are early C11 (pre Bayeux not-a-Tapestry). There are
a lot more pictures of men with decoration on their garb, I would suggest
using that more as a starting point.
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