|Padded coat (kavadion, or gambeson),woolen tunic,linen shirt, breeks and woolen hose. Felt cap, turban and soft leather boots, leather belt. Accessories, belt knife and small battle axe.|
Main reference the Osprey series book on Byzantine infantry of the 9th to 12th cent. written by T. Dawson.
Longest time was taken on the gambeson/kavadion, although no one really tries to kill you in reenactment, I've always believed that if it represents armour, which is what this is, then it should provide a certain minimum level of protection. People make assumptions and behave accordingly. So this thing is about one to one and a half centimetres thick, varying from 12 to 16 layers of cotton linen and silk, the outer layer is raw silk, as per the original spec. it weighs a ton, and broke more sewing machine needles than I care to remember.
The Kuhla, black felt cap, was the crown of a reblocked 17th cent style hat I had, I cut the brim off, and it did just fine.
The boots I made in a hurry for Kelmarsh, The pattern I had used before, see 16thC merc. and I had some nice soft Goatskin leather I had bought a couple of years ago at a Ren. Fair. Sewn on my old treadle Singer, with glued reenforces, and internal sole stiffeners. I use copydex a lot for that sort of thing.
Much of the rest is stuff that I have around in the prop box, or made for other costumes.
I like the kit, after years of wearing helmets and mail or plate, this stuff is much lighter and far more flexible.
I am currently working on a new sword, an early medieval sabre varient, and looking for a reflex bow to go with the steppe type quiver I made earlier.
More pics. (Posted 29th November 2010)
Tim came round today with a disk of the photos taken last week, so uploaded a few of them. I plan to edit/photoshop some of them to make them more evocative of the Eastern Empire, and perhaps a bit more fun.
Posting the outfit. (Posted 26th November 2010)
I was invited to take part in the Kelmarsh Festival of History, with the group "Hetarei Palatou" who reenact 10th 11th Cent Byzantium, a place and an era I have been interested in for years.