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Extant trim examples

Posted on 2008.01.29 at 20:55
I talked with a number of people about Roman costuming- boy-type tunics were the rule of the day, both for boys and girls who want to ride a horse like a boy. I promised that I'd give examples of trim you can buy that would good for Roman, and what better way than to make a public post?

Anyway, this post will have extant examples (primarily Byzantine/Late Roman).

Fragment of a scarf, Egypt, Byzantine Period (4th-5th Century). Cleveland Museum of art.

Sleeve band from a tunic, Egypt, Byzantine Period (5th-6th Century). Cleveland Museum of art.

Neck and Shoulder Decoration from a Tunic, Egypt, Byzantine period, late 5th - 6th century

Decorative band, Coptic period, Global egyptian museum. http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/detail.aspx?id=7428

Roman tunic, 4th-7th century Global Egyptian Museum http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/record.aspx?id=34

Coptic tunic decorations, Global egyptian Museum


zandoria at 2008-01-30 04:39 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful. Now to cross reference with Calontir Trim.
redsbragbook at 2008-01-30 14:15 (UTC) (Link)
That's the next post.
Jane Waks
msmemory at 2008-01-30 15:05 (UTC) (Link)
Curious: have you seen any instances of the so-called "Greek key" motif used in Roman/Byz/Greek garments of the period?
redsbragbook at 2008-01-30 15:13 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the greek key. When I've taken people shopping for trim before, I've told them that greek key is over done, and there is way more to Roman-ish trim than Greek key.

That said, I don't recal seeing the simple greek key on a garmnet. However, most of the extant peices we have are from Egypt in the Roman, Coptic and Byzantine eras, simply because the climate was more condusive to preserving textiles. I have not seen evidence of greek key on trim in paintings or mosaics, either, but I have seen more complicated motifs that look related.

All of that said, greek key often shows up as border decorations in mkosaics and carvings.
mylisant at 2008-02-01 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
So... how was it made? Tablet woven? Narrow loom? Do tell... idle fingers want to know.
redsbragbook at 2008-02-01 01:43 (UTC) (Link)
Most (if not all) of these were made with tapestry weaving, woven directly into the garment.
mylisant at 2008-02-01 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm.... I need a bigger loom.
redsbragbook at 2008-02-01 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
I've been working on tapestry weaving not on the garment. It's fun!
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