Re: [sig] Rus' coat closures
> > >2. Are frogs OK?As for pre-Mongol Novgorod, there WAS a garment (kaftan afair) with frogs dug out there. Not my period, so there will be no book/fact references, - I simply had a chat with a guy from a neighboring re-creation club, who just made such for a re-creators event, referring to that excavation. The peculiar thing, though, that [he said] it was the only one of the kind, thus there's no guarantee they used to wear such, and it was not an accidental borrowing.
> > 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.
> For what it's worth in a discussion about C13 russian, there are fancy frog
> closures, in a couple of twist / weave patterns, found at Birka. So they are
> period, just maybe not right period.
hope that helps, though not much.