Sunday, November 22, 2009
Behold! A Mantion!
The gold tunic I am wearing in the pictures is the same machine-sewn tunic I wore for the pictures of my wool Hedeby apron dress. It has a keyhole neckline, which is wrong for the costume (Byzantine artwork shows women wearing simple round necked tunics over their collared shifts; such tunics usually had a shoulder slit closed with a small round button). I'm wearing the gold tunic because it was handy, I have yet to start the himation that will be the final component of this costume, and I didn't want to wear the cloak over the Manazan undershirt alone. The belt is an inkle-woven belt in a "Greek key" pattern that I bought years ago. The brooch is a reproduction of a Viking design that my husband bought for me in a museum shop in Sweden; I'm using it because it's the right size and shape for the purpose, and I still haven't decided where or how to obtain a brooch with a more period-appropriate design.
Before letting my husband take the rearview picture, I asked him if the veil on my savanion was straight. He said, "Reasonably." Against my better judgment, I let him take the picture anyway, without checking. I thought of asking him to straighten it first, but then figured that if he thought it was already straight, doing that might not make a significant difference.
In the last photo, I am standing somewhat crookedly--one of my legs is about a quarter of an inch shorter than the other, so I tend to tilt sideways if I'm tired unless I really concentrate on standing straight and place my feet carefully. The photograph represents the cloak's colors pretty well; it really is that blue, though I'm surprised that it photographed so well in a dimly-lit hotel room at night.
Now I truly have no more excuses; I have to cut my pretty green linen and proceed with the himation. I think it will look much better with the blue mantion than the gold tunic does.