Silk Cloaks

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Silk Cloaks

Postby Brand » Wed May 07, 2008 9:56 pm

Starting a new project- lightweight poncy silk coat for battledress- any thoughts on suitable colours- high status of course!

Thought rough silk- dark red and dark green for lining (also rough silk).

Any thoughts/ criticisms welcome!



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Postby sally » Thu May 08, 2008 6:41 am

Do you mean dupion by rough silk? If you do its really a very modern style of silk and doesnt reflect what was about at the time very well.



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Errr..

Postby Brand » Thu May 08, 2008 8:58 am

Unsure, that's why I'm asking, someone at Hastings said that rough silk was period- maybe they meant dupion...



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Postby Timothy » Thu May 08, 2008 11:18 am

Hey Brand, your picture suggests you re-enact something Western and early medieval, so what fantasically rich kingdom do you rule?

Must be one, otherwise you would not be able to afford that much silk of any sort.

" ... someone at Hastings said ... "

Please, less re-enactorism and more research.

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Postby Brand » Thu May 08, 2008 8:28 pm

yup -more research- that's what I'm trying to do! This is for Viking/ Saxon warleader and Huscarl kit- want a lightweight cloak to wear during battle. Wool cloak is a bit bulky to wear during combat.

Any advice on where to find information is appreciated. Embroidery, woodfcuts and illustrations don't tell us much so information is hard to come by.



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Postby Phil the Grips » Thu May 08, 2008 8:37 pm

For start can you provenance the wearing of cloaks during combat?

BTW not seen the name Wolfguard for years- used to hang around with Jim and Helen Mallinson in my youth- two of your founder members.


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Postby Brand » Thu May 08, 2008 8:48 pm

Funny that but for some reason keep getting kit guides for Hastings requiring Huscarls to wear cloaks on the battlefield!

Plus worn on official duties.



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Postby Brand » Thu May 08, 2008 8:54 pm

Oh yeah, Wolfguard still going strong, specialize in Dark Ages these days. This season we have a few members joining the Vikings to see what they have to offer, been participating in their events for a while myself.

Maybe you remember Dork, Andy + Maggs, Julie + Ian and Pagan?

Recently we have added an independant Pirate, Highwaymen and Smugglers group to the Island.



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Re: Silk Cloaks

Postby Karen Larsdatter » Thu May 08, 2008 9:07 pm

Something like the Mammen cloak, maybe?



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Postby Brand » Thu May 08, 2008 9:36 pm

Actually, a bit over the top! I'm after a very lightweight cloak.



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Postby Medicus Matt » Fri May 09, 2008 9:02 am

Not sure that cloaks would be lightweight.
Surely the whole point of them is to keep you warm and dry?

As for wearing them into battle?

a)You'd get all tangled up in it when trying to fight
b)It's something handy for your opponent to grab onto to
c)You're going to get all yuck on it!


I was in charge of Center Unit 1 on the top of Senlac at the last big Hastings. I saw a lot of Huscarls and didn't see any cloaks except the one I took off after the march up the <stupid> hill. :wink:


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Postby Brand » Fri May 09, 2008 9:10 am

quite agree on all points but as I say- this has been a Hastings huscarls requirement according to battle kit lists.

I have a nice normal thick cloak but it's too cumbersome for combat and too warm for most shows on guard duty.



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Postby WorkMonkey » Sat May 10, 2008 1:14 pm

Why would anyone make a cloak out of silk?

Make it out of lightweight single layer wool, light enough to fight in and doesn't look wang. 's what I did and it works fine.

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