June – Birka motif with a Slavic vibe

This band is unusual in the sense that in between the repeated motifs there are some floating threads left. This is done so to achieve green only space which nicely highlights the pattern. For those interested in how to weave a one colour surface without floating threads, I recommend the …

The reason why people engage in living history

Recently I have been interested in academic research on living history and reenactment. I decided to turn it into a project – 1000words  – in which I read and summarise relevant academic articles in fewer than 1000 words.* Let’s give science a voice and let’s understand it. *All you read …

A 13th century band from Stary Brzesc (Poland)

While in Poland, I took the opportunity to visit the Archeological and Ethnographic Museum in Lodz (Central Poland). I wanted to see one particular object – a woven piece of fabric found in Stary Brzesc and dated to the 13th century. I had seen some replicas of it online which …

March – red, blue, white ‘Slavic’ belt

Although the so called ‘pan-Slavic’ colours – red, white, and blue – were introduced only in the 19th century, they were rather common and widely worn colours in the Middle Ages. Red dye was obtained from dried madder root, while blue from dried leaves of woad and later, indigo. The …

Early medieval women’s headwear

When I was still regularly involved in the late Middle Ages reenactment, my girl friends and I always admired the early medieval outfits for their colours and rich, or even lavish decorations. Christianity posed some serious restrictions on women’s clothing in late medieval Europe. As women reenacting urban dwellers of …