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>I'm doing 13thC Rus, and making a coat (svita). A few questions;
>1. What kind of buttons would be used at this time?
Wooden toggles have been found by archeologists, also spherical cast shank buttons, and simple ties were also used.
Kolchin shows fabric covered buttons in Drevnyaya Rus' Byt i Kultura, where the fabric strip seems to be continuous with the fabric covering the button, or you could try these:
>2. Are frogs OK?
They're better than zippers. ;) I have not seen the fancy looped decoration on period items, but the idea of a button/loop closure is correct.
>3. The top image
>here< ," target=_new>http://www.strangelove.net/%7Ekieser/Russia/KMC2.html>,
>shows with the bands of fabric attatched to the buttons/frogs - are they
>purely decorative, or do they have a purpose? Also, should they be in a
>contrasting or complementing color?
Well, when I made my shuba, I made fabric covered buttons a la Kolchin with the strips covering big wooden beads, so the strips were part of the buttons and anchored them very nicely. (If you're interested in the details, let me know. I don't feel up to explaining it this early in the morning.) I also used the strips on the other side to anchor the loop closure and hide the ugly loose ends. So they have some function.
K tvoim uslugam.
At your service.
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