I still haven't gotten to sit down and admire my new Lithuanian Costume Calendar. Instead, I hurried outside so that I could take some representative photographs of a few interesting pages before dusk (I can't take good photographs of them indoors because the flash creates reflections that obliterate some of the detail in the images). The images may not appear to be perfectly rectangular because the calendar was mailed rolled-up in a box, and it's still flattening back out.
|Viking era costume, full length|
|Viking era costume, back of page|
The full-length photograph, for May, is a Viking period costume. On the back of the page are a series of inset photographs showing portions of the costume in more detail. There is also a summary page that shows smaller images of both the male and female costumes for each era, with commentary in both Lithuanian and English. I have provided a photograph of that entire page, plus a photograph of the part of the page with the Viking period costumes, for easier readability.
|Summary page, Viking and Early Medieval sections|
|Summary page from calendar|
If only the calendar gave bibliographic references, it would be perfect. It does give credits for who made the costume recreations. I shall have to look at that information in greater detail.
The photographs should be clickable for size, but that's not working for some reason (it's not working right for photographs I posted earlier on other blog entries either). I apologize for that. Here is a link you can use to see these photos zoomed up a bit; that will make most of the text readable.
I'm finding these images fascinating, though none of them bear a great resemblance to the images from Regina Volkaite-Kulikauskiene's book (or the costume I was trying to make based on that book). I expect I'll finish the costume anyway--costume recreation is a moving target, after all. I have a post planned about that costume, when I get a bit farther along on my work on the shawl for it.
Note: The text background on all of these pages should be white, not blue; the color is probably caused by the fact that these photos were taken near the end of the day when the sunlight was starting to fade.