- OK, putting my 2 centavos in here...
I am myself of mixed heritage: European (several nations here) and
Native American. I call myself an American if anyone asks. :) I'm a
fair-skinned, dark-haired, dark-eyed gal. My persona is English at
the moment, however, I have an interest in Al-Andalus Spain pre-1492,
and ancient Rome.
I've been learning rectangular construction so I can eventually do
some garb for Al-Andalus. The area and time period interests me.
Husband is technically a Filipino-Canadian-American, but try and
explain that one and why, and people will get a headache.
We tried researching HIS ancestral historical time period (late
15th/early 16th c.) All I could come up with was info on traditional
native dress (pre-Spanish contact and conquest) was basically next to
NADA... nothing... hence, nearly naked. HE did not want to go
there. :) The other option was adopted Spanish late period styles,
but again, it didn't suit him. He didn't want it.
I wiped the sweat off my proverbial brow with relief because I would
have been hard-pressed to make it for him at my sewing skill level! :)
So he thought, hey, maybe I could be a pirate. That lasted for about
five minutes. Movie pirate vs. real pirate/privateer are two
different things. (Word of warning: never take any historical fiction
or movie as "gospel" on garb! Hollywood lies and cheats big time on
how they represent clothes.)
Next, he considered Mongolian garb. Filipinos do have Chinese
ancestry as well as Spanish, potentially some Japanese, and some
aboriginal tribe or such in the southern islands. My hubby is very
dark-skinned for a person from his country. He can skip the sunblock,
where I can't. :)Heh... I ran into a problem: OK, I can't speak
Chinese! You want WHAT??
And then he changed his mind AGAIN... (sigh) He finally decided to do
an early Roman persona. He fell in love with the simple style of
clothing and all the fascinating things about their fairly advanced
ancient civilization. Works for me... since I get to sew all the
garb. We couldn't afford to play if I didn't.
I'm glad I didn't invest heavily into anything until he made up his
The point is, if you want to be a Viking, DO it. Who cares if you
aren't actually of Scandinavian background? The SCA is supposed to be
fun. So, have fun! Do your research to be as authentic as you want to
be and can afford to be. Norse stuff is basically linen and wool for
the most part. Antir is heavily Norse, so I've always got folks
trying to "convert" me. :)
You can also make specific garb for a themed event. Say the theme is
Egyptian, then there you go--be an Egyptian for a few days.
Whatever you do, have fun doing it! Otherwise, what's the point?
Barony of Stromgard