I agree with Asfridr and would like to add the
thought that caftans have been recorded for 3000
years, starting in Central Asia and Persia. My guess
is that is only the first RECORDED incidences of a
garment that is much,, much older, probably neolithic.
Rollo's "Rus coat" is based on the Moskaskaya
Balka artifact, which is supposedly Alanic and from
the Caucasus. The point is that "eastern coats" are
mentioned in several of the Sagas, both the main ones
and the secondary ones. The problematic element on
artifacts is that only one or two varieties survive,
when human nature is to make do with the materials on
hand and sew to the level that you are capable,
resulting in a plethora of versions similar to what we
all see in T-tunics at any SCA event!
--- quokkaqueen <quokkaqueen@...
> I may be able to help with your theory there. :)
> The Rus riding coat you've linked to (it's my
> favourite Viking coat
> too) isn't actually Norse at all. It's from the
> Caucasus and is
> usually dated to the 10th century.
> There is a fantastic issue of the Metropolitan
> Museum Journal Vol. 36.
> (2001) that has quite a few articles about the
> garment, including it's
> 'geneaology' or a discussion of its' influences.
> The Met Museum Journal backcopies can be very
> expensive, so if you
> don't have access to these articles, and want them
> e-mail me off-list
> and I'd be happy to post to you a CD with the
> Also, if you search for 'caftan' on the Met Museum
> website, you can
> get colour photographs of the front and back of the
> conserved garment.
> Hope this information helps,
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Pan Zygmunt
> Nadratowski" <panzygmunt@...>
> > * - My personla, as-yet unproven theory, is that
> the Kontusz is
> related to
> > the Rus riding coat. See
> http://www.jomsb.org/Rollo/coat/coat.htm .
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