'daks Letnik musings
- Privyat from 'dak,
Just some thoughts on the letnik, forgive me if
these points are repeats. The paucity of resources
have encouraged my extrapolations.
There are a couple "decent" references for the
letnik, some descriptive and others merely
illustrative (See the Russian Costumes 10th-17th
Centuries by Bayda Books). All have cites in the SIG
Biblio online. The letnik is a version of the angel
winged Byzantine dalmatica, if period sources such as
Crumney's "Rude and Barbarous Kingdom" are to be
Debate still rages about openings, slit, keyhole
or open front as well as closures, but one thing is
certain, the Russian letnik's bottom of the angel wing
sleeve was slit open along half the seam. I always
wondered this until I had seen some worn by
boiariniias I know. The slit allows the sleeve lining,
usually cloth of gold for the wealthy , to be seen
clearly when the sleeve rotates during wearing. Simple
Personally, I believe in common sense
extrapolation when designing and determining the
materials for a costume. Heavy for winter, light for
summer, fur edging with silk or velvet edging with
brocade, complimentary cotton prints for edging and
body of the garment when going summerwieght washable.
Most important, Russians are extremely pragmatic now
and probably in period, so the openings are bigger for
wieghtier fabrics or garments designed for heat for
the same reason, heat regulation.
Utility wise, it's use in later period Russia
seems to correspond to the modern day ensemble from
Ann Taylor; dressy, quasi-formal and tasteful.
Just some thoughts.
--- "J.A. Hayworth, M.D." <Phoenix7th@...>
> ...or, rather, the fact that I'm scratching my head_________________________________________________________________
> over it. I'm
> considering making one because it'd be nice to have
> light, loose-fitting
> garb for the summer. However, I can't find much
> information at the moment
> (haven't gone over to the library yet), so I was
> hoping someone could either
> answer some of my questions, or point me in the
> direction of a good
> So, here we are:
> 1. The letnik supposedly has long, full sleeves.
> Some sources say that
> these long, full sleeves are slit to the elbow,
> while some sources make no
> mention of a slit. Which is correct-- or, are both
> 2. Is the neckline like the slit-opening of the
> rubakha, or is it a
> different shape? Does it have fastenings (which
> would probably be cloth or
> beads, from what I can tell).
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