On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Emerald SaDiablo
> Hi there,
> I was hoping someone could help me. I'm looking for patterns and ideas for garb from Georgia, I've looked all over and can't seem to find anything.
> Help would be muchly appreciated,
Most of the information I've been able to turn up has been in the form
of donor images in church frescoes. See:
Check the "Frescos in Georgia by church" link, the "Murals in Georgia"
link, and also browse through
The royal ones show very Byzantine-looking outfits, but it's likely
that this was formal/ritual wear, rather than what people normally
wore. One of the few printed sources in English is _Royal Imagery in
Medieval Georgia_, by Antony Eastmond. You might be able to find that
in a good library, or ILL it.
These are the look that I generally think of as "Georgian", as
contrasted with Byzantine and Persian:
So, crossover coats with contrasting trim on all edges, with wide
bazus on the upper arm, for both males and females. Hemlines vary,
though I've generally assumed that you won't get short hemlines on
women. In the Dadiani portrait, you can just make out that Natela is
wearing some kind of veil that covers her neck and drapes over her
There is a front-opening variant, with a turned-down collar, that I so
far have only seen on men:
(Giorgi Lasha, second from left)
Very late period and 17thC dress looks very Persian, e.g.:
I have a couple of books in Russian and Georgian, but most of the
images aren't much different than what you can find trawling the Wiki
Commons: photos or line drawings of many of these same frescoes, plus
some carved reliefs from the outsides of the churches. I've made a
start with translating one of the Russian ones that deals with the
North Caucasus (the Alans, the Polovsty/Cumans/Kipchak, etc., who did
wear some quite wacky things), but my OCR app doesn't do Georgian, so
it'll be a while before I can get much out of the text of that one.
Note: take dates on the wikipedia images with a grain of salt. Many
if not most of these frescoes have been painted over at various times,
and some of them are giving you the date of the church (or the photo),
not necessarily the painting. Still, I can vouch for the general
styles I've linked to above.
If you do find a good source, please let me know ! This is a hunt
I've been on for ages.