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Ponar’ia Apoloseva

Location: Tir Ysgithr, Atenveldt

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Intermediate

About Ponar’ia: I joined the SCA in 2007. Originally I fought rapier until I discovered a tendon issue that made the sport extra dangerous for me to participate in, so I supported those who could fight with water-bearing and marshaling. About 6 years ago a friend discovered I could draw and took me to the Atenveldt Kingdom’s Scriptorium to learn illumination for award scrolls and I was hooked! (I am currently serving as the Deputy Scribe for the Barony of Tir Ysgithr) Some of the women hosting the Kingdom Scriptorium were talented Laurels, who in addition to illumination, also made their own garb and ceremonial garb for the royals. Inspired, I looked into sewing my own garb too. For 5 years, I have sewn maybe two haphazard dresses a year in the 3 months before Estrella War. 2 years ago I started to make a more concerted effort to sew something/anything on the machine on a regular basis in an attempt to tame the fabric horde. My skills have improved a lot, but I am still learning a new thing every other week and struggle to make that first cut into a new bolt of fabric. I will be sewing using modern recreationalist methods as I just learned how to hand sew a hem last Estrella War.

Her Project: My husband needs Mongolian garb. Aiming for styles of the 13th-14th century museum finds such as the ones displayed on this website. From the site above I plan to recreate the long lined caftan using a block printed indigo fabric and the Half sleeved vest in a brown brocade. I am interested in the Gesi leggings but can’t find any additional reference to them, so I am unsure of how they were worn or made so I will turn to an earlier period for a pants reference. The pants I plan to sew will be based on the pants uncovered in the Yanghai graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin, the scientists report (made May 22, 2014 in Quaternary International) describes and gives photo’s of the nomad’s trouser’s being strait legged with a wide reenforced crouch and made of wool. I will attempt to make them out of summer weight wool or cotton twill. (If wool I will probably have to line them for my husband’s comfort & sanity.) While these trousers pre-date the Deel like Caftan & Vest I selected (having been made in the 2nd millennium B.C.) I believe my husband will feel more comfortable in these trousers, than the chap-like Gesi whose underlayer I could not find reference to. I know the Mongols must have worn something between their nether regions and their saddle to become the successful riding culture that they were, but I just can’t find it and my man needs pants. reference for pants; The last layer of complexity will be my first attempt at leather working. I plan to try and cut and assemble a Mongolian style quiver for my husband’s arrows and perhaps a belt to hang the quiver from. I have some varied leather gifted to me and a small collection of pelts that might work toward this venture.

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