Re: An-Tir? Court (Russian garb?)
- Regarding the question about the use of Russian clothing at an An Tirian
Greetings from Baron Gwilym, Baron Three Mountains (Portland, Oregon), in
the Kingdom of An Tir.
I am a Royal Adviser and a member of King Sven and Queen Signy's retinue.
(They are the Heirs to the Sable Lion Throne after King Davin and Queen
Groa.) From a clothing perspective - I witnessed some very interesting and
visually enjoyable courts.
At Their Coronation (July of A.S. XXXIV) King Davin and Queen Groa stepped
up as King and Queen in SCYTHIAN clothing. This clothing was researched by
Baron Sir Ataias and constructed by a group directed and spearheaded by Her
Grace Duchess Hlutwige Wolfkiller. Both live in Three Mountains. (I
witnessed all phases of the reconstruction and my lady wife Baroness
Elizabeth was one of many here in Three Mountains who played a part in the
making of this clothing.) Pictures of this clothing can be found on the An
Tir web page. The picture shows Davin and Groa wearing this clothing at
Pennsic last August. (The decorations on Queen Groa's head dress are made
from stamped bronze.)
I realize that SCYTHIAN is not the focus of this SIG so I'll more on to the
next item that I do think you may be interested in:
At the An Tir 12th Night Coronation - January A.S. XXXIV - King Davin and
Queen Groa relinquished the Throne to Crown Prince Sven and Crown Princess
Signy. I preface this strongly by saying IT APPEARED (because I did not
speak to anyone about it at the time) ...so again it APPEARED that during
the ceremony King Davin and Queen Groa stepped down wearing Byzantine style
garb (I suppose, at various times, some Russian clothing could be considered
"Byzantine style" garb but, in my opinion, the cloths APPEARED to be more
Byzantine than Russian -- applied gems and gold decoration.) At this court
members of Davin and Groa's personal guard wore matching clothing (pure
white great coats that I think were based on the Russian coat folk pattern
that has recently been discussed here and which apparently is not period?)
I could be wrong but the coats were more 18th century in design at least the
pattern - manner of cut and construction - seemed out of the SCA period.
Ignoring the "periodness" of the coats for the moment: It is worthy to note
these coats were impressive pieces of work made by various volunteers. What
impressed me the most was that these coats had matching hand stamped bronze
closures (I do not know what they are called) made by Sir Thorfin here in
the Barony of Three Mountains.
If anyone out there is interested in knowing more about the clothing I have
described in this memo I could put you in touch with the persons who
actually constructed these garments and accoutrements.
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