RE: [sig] Rus' coat closures
>------- Original Message -------Wooden toggles have been found by archeologists, also spherical cast shank buttons, and simple ties were also used.
>I'm doing 13thC Rus, and making a coat (svita). A few questions;
>1. What kind of buttons would be used at this time?
Kolchin shows fabric covered buttons in Drevnyaya Rus' Byt i Kultura, where the fabric strip seems to be continuous with the fabric covering the button, or you could try these:
>2. Are frogs OK?They're better than zippers. ;) I have not seen the fancy looped decoration on period items, but the idea of a button/loop closure is correct.
>3. The top imageWell, when I made my shuba, I made fabric covered buttons a la Kolchin with the strips covering big wooden beads, so the strips were part of the buttons and anchored them very nicely. (If you're interested in the details, let me know. I don't feel up to explaining it this early in the morning.) I also used the strips on the other side to anchor the loop closure and hide the ugly loose ends. So they have some function.
>here< ," target=_new>http://www.strangelove.net/%7Ekieser/Russia/KMC2.html>,
>shows with the bands of fabric attatched to the buttons/frogs - are they
>purely decorative, or do they have a purpose? Also, should they be in a
>contrasting or complementing color?
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- On Wednesday 03 January 2007 01:49, L.M. Kies wrote:
> >2. Are frogs OK?For what it's worth in a discussion about C13 russian, there are fancy frog
> They're better than zippers. ;) I have not seen the fancy looped
> decoration on period items, but the idea of a button/loop closure is
closures, in a couple of twist / weave patterns, found at Birka. So they are
period, just maybe not right period.