Location: Quintavia, East
Category/Level: Historically Focused/Advanced
About Violante: Marquesa Violante do Porto is a fiber artisan who enjoys tablet weaving, sewing, embroidery, and more. She also loves to encourage art through largesse challenges. Her persona is 16th century Portuguese, but she spends an inordinate amount of time on 10th century Norse household arts. She enjoys teaching classes on a variety of subjects and will talk your ear off about Norse women’s clothing. She can also be talked into pretty much any plan with “challenge” in the title. While currently residing in the East, she has lived in a variety of kingdoms during her time in the SCA, and previously reigned in the West.
Her Project: My goal is to create a migration era Norse ensemble for a woman of high status. Serk, Smokkr, Front panel, and embellishing accessories commissioned from other people. This will be based off of extant finds, contemporary writings that describe the outfits, and visual representations from the period. I imagine this outfit would be worn to a celebration to be viewed by a lot of folks as an ostentatious declaration of wealth. My personal challenges will be working with more accurate materials and colors to complete the project.