- May 2, 2003--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "Ulrika" <the_happy_owl@y...>
> Can you help me find pictures and patterns of nun's garbs?Very little of this information seems to be on the web -- the history of
> I've tried searching yahoo (don't know how many different wordings I
> tried) but no real luck.
monastic clothing (especially women's) seems to be one of those areas that
almost nobody studies.
I have collected what information I can find -- can you be more specific about
what you're looking for and what you plan to do with it?
The best book I can think of on women's religious life in general is
JoAnn McNamara's _Sisters in Arms_. She doesn't discuss garments
as such, but she gives a very good picture of the extent to which
medieval nuns were and weren't influenced by society's fashions.
For serious research, probably the best resource that I know of on
medieval religious women's garb is Desiree Koslin's PhD dissertation,
_The Dress of Monastic & Religious Women as seen in Art from the
Early Middle Ages to the Reformation_. It's at least a good overview
of the subject (although the pictures are photocopied and don't
come out very well), and I think the author is still actively doing
research in this area. (I don't know her personally, but I know
people who do.)
I was able to get a copy of this through UMI Dissertation Services,
who have this and many other theses and dissertations on microfilm,
and will print and send a paper copy for (I think it was) something
like $35. They are at :
.... Or perhaps you would just like my list of the most common mistakes made
by people trying to make "monastic" clothing? <g> It's currently in shorthand
list form but I could probably expand on it.
I have also found a good -- but very slow-loading -- collection of images from
Germany which contains quite a few pictures of nuns, but I've forgotten the
specific categories I searched in and will have to go back and re-find them. The
main site is <http://www.bildindex.de/> but unless you speak German and
have a fast internet connection it's pretty frustrating to try to find things.
(Lady) Christian de Holacombe
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