Category/Level: Historically Focused/Intermediate
About Natal’ia: I have been a member of the SCA for over 20 years. I am not the most experienced seamstress in the society, but I know a bit about machine and hand sewing. I know little to nothing about shoes, socks, hats, and making jewelry. But hey, no better time than the present to learn a new skill. You will generally find me in kitchens. I love to cook and my area of specialty is Central Asia and Yuan Dynasty foods and foodways. This project ties directly into my cooking and I am excited to be bringing more of a flare to my normal garb. I am not sure that this is going to be easy, but it will be fun and it will be challenging. But that’s how it should be, right?
Her Project: I will be recreating a Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) Chinese lady’s outfit suitable for a lady of the court or the wife of a higher ranked military leader. These garments are different from the Mongolian overlords and are similar to garments of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) Dynasties. I am not basing the garments on any one reference, preferring to mix the common elements into my own outfit as if I were in the period. I am making this clothing for an elevation to the Order of the Laurel. It will be important for my ceremony and though it will not display my heraldry or awards outright, there will be nods and hints of them based on Yuan Dynasty practices. I have been looking at the Chinese ethnic Yuan Dynasty clothing for about six months now as I have had to think about what I am able to do, what is accessible in a COVID-19 world, and what I will need to skill up to be able to manage.