First Crusade textiles & clothing
- I'm a newcomer to both garb & the SCA, but I'm also a rampaging
perfectionist, so I'm trying to build an authentic wardrobe. My persona
(who as yet remains nameless) lives in what is now Southern France (no city
yet, haven't thrown a dart at a map...) and would be in her late 20's in
1096 when Urban II is preaching the First Crusade.
I'm getting a little frustrated trying to find sources for what textiles
were used and what the clothing looked like, though. I'm trying to build a
library, but thus far the books I've found tend to blip right over the
mid-11th C and start up again mid-12th C, which does me no good whatsoever.
The one picture I've found is in _Dress in the Middle Ages_ by Francoise
Piponnier & Perrine Mane (translated by Caroline Beamish). It's on page 78,
and is apparently from _Vie de Sainte Radegonde_, which was illuminated in
Poitiers "in the third quarter of the eleventh century." The text has a
*BRIEF* description of a typical outfit on the same page, but isn't very
helpful as it assumes a greater knowledge of medieval clothing than I've
So I'm laying my plea for help before you all... Can someone point me toward
resources on textiles & clothing for women during the First Crusade?
Thanks so much for any help,