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Riding tunics

Posted on 2008.03.24 at 12:42
I spent the weekend working on riding tunics based on Roman hunting mosaics in Africa.

This one is linen with trim from Calontir Trim.

Linen riding tunic (Roman)

And this one is wool. The trim is backed with green wool.

Wool riding tunic (Roman)

The wool one suffered from a cutting error that made it too narrow for walking, so it is slit up the sides. There are some examples of riding tunics like this.

I still need to finish the neckholes on both of these.


That Horrible Woman
heatermcca at 2008-03-24 16:56 (UTC) (Link)
I really like the wool backing for the trim. A nice touch.
redsbragbook at 2008-03-24 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
It's a touch bulky (the wool has been fulled quite a lot) but it looks good., It really needed a color pop, and my theory goes like this:

Tunics of this type were usually made with the trim tapestry woven directly into the fabric. However, the tunic body would have probably worn out long before the trim did, and I've seen a couple of extant items where it looks like the trim was appliqued on. So reusing trim that took a shit-ton of time is a reasonable assumption. And backing it on to something mroe sturdy would also be reasonable.
zandoria at 2008-03-24 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
I can't remember where I read it now, but I do remember reading documentation for this (a book, not the internet). Your theory is sound, it was done and somewhere there were surviving snippets. I just wish I could remember where I saw it.

I'm hoping to make a new Roman tunica for the upcoming Northshield Coronation. I should try to post a picture once it's done. It's going to be gold with burgundy clavii, made of linen. Same design as in the userpic.
kiena_s at 2008-03-24 17:39 (UTC) (Link)
so forgive the inexperienced question here, but what makes this a riding tunic? versus just a regular tunic?
redsbragbook at 2008-03-24 17:46 (UTC) (Link)
Because it's for me to do equestrian activities in. I've found ONE example of a woman riding a horse, and the design is so stylized I can't tell what kind of clothes she is wearing.

The hunting mosaics (whihc I will post pictures of shortly) have many pictures of civilian men riding horses as they hunt. They do not wear pants, but have tallish boots, and ride bareback. I chose to go with civilian riding gear rather than military.
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