Re: [[SCA-JML] Hello!]
- On Thu, 26 Sep 2002, Ryan Kelley wrote:
> First, is there some type of comprehensive FAQ somewhere? I've found a fewWell, other than Nobumitsu's Toshokan I'm not sure what there is out
> smaller ones (such as Nobumitsu's Personae FAQ) but nothing that covers a lot
> of my questions. I'd hate to have to bother you guys every time I find a new
> question, hehe.
there. If you want to put something together, though, go ahead!
> If there isn't, here's a few basic questions to get you guys started on.Not that I'm aware of. Kosode, hakama, and other garments are almost all
> 1. Are there any decently priced places to buy garb? Especially ones that
> have stuff in the right size for a big gaijin like me (6'2" 280lbs, built
> broad, with 15EEEE feet)? Ebay seems to never have anything in the right
> size, and all the sites I've found want $250 for a hakama, except one, which
> only offers kosode's in black and hakamas in black or white (how boring), and
> a few kendo and aikido sites that I have no idea on how period their hakamas
> are. I'm just wanting a basic kosode, obi, and hakama to start off with, I
> might add a haori later.
modern that I've seen. As I mentioned earlier, affordable, period
historical garments are rare enough, let alone for people our size (I'm
6'3" myself). The kosode and hakama are not really that hard to make.
They are basically rectangles sewn together--the hakama are just two tubes
bunched at the top into nice pleats.
> I realize most people make their own stuff as its cheaper and obviously muchWell, can't help you much there, unfortunately, other than to say that
> easier to custom fit. However, I'm currently living 250 miles from my home
> shire and haven't gotten involved with the local group yet, and being young
> and male I've never sewn anything in my life, heh. Basic Japanese garb seems
> to be all simple rectangles, but it's the whole "stitching those rectangles
> together" thing that worries me.
there is no time like the present to take up new hobbies.
> 3. For the chivalric fighters out there, what kind of garb do you usually wearhttp://modzer0.cs.uaf.edu/~logan/AnS.php
> under your armor? I've been staring at the pictures on the Clan Yama Kaminari
> page for quite a while, but it's hard to tell. A kosode? Some type of padded
> shirt like an European gambeson? Did you buy or make yours?
That shows my armor and what I wear under it. The kosode+yoroi
hitatare+yoroi hakama provide enough padding under the metal armor.
Especially with the sleeves--those are three layers of fabric with maille
on top. The three layers, plus the sleeves that have to be wrapped around
a bit, with a wingless elbow cop underneath provide fine padding.
> 4. Another fighting question. Those that fight with the rattan equivalent ofI go with mitten gauntlets. Good mittens are good enough for the SCA, and
> a katana vs traditional sword and board, how long are your swords usually,
> including handle? Do you wear gauntlets or use some other form of hand
> protection? Are mitten gauntlets sufficient or do you find them too
> restrictive and I should invest in some quality finger gauntlets?
you don't want too much flexibility in your gauntlets or they won't be
doing their job.
I've heard of good finger gauntlets, and would love some, but I would also
be very wary.
> 5. Hope I'm not annoying you fighters too much, wouldn't want to get jumped atI wear haidate, am making suneate (I have the base, but haven't put the
> Gulf Wars, hehe. What do you find to be more practical, Japanese leg armor
> (haidate?) worn over a split-leg hakama, or European under the hakama?
plates on it yet--been worried about the helmet and the gorget for the
moment), and under my hakama I wear wingless knee cops.
What do you mean by 'split-leg' hakama? All hakama are split leg--they
are large trousers. A full skirt is a mo, a female garment. I believe
that modernly there are some forms of hakama that people wear that are
split but I've seen no evidence of anything like that in period.