Ate with Society for Creative Anachronism friends this weekend and had marvelous conversations with wonderful people. References came up during our conversations which led to my promising links and book references to each of them.
I will begin with the blogs for Byzantine clothing I like best.
This is an absolutely awesome garb blog by a member of the SCA (a Maunche) who has just completed her dissertation on Byzantine Garb. Her focus in her garb is just past my period, but she also does Ancient Roman, and knows her stuff. I can say that because I have read so much that I know that she knows her stuff. So, for Roman or Byzantine, this is the blog I send friends to read.
Then there is the blog by another knowledgeable lady of the SCA. She is an EARLY period Byzantine, so her persona and work tend to pre-date my period of Byzantine, but again, I send friends to this blog because she knows her stuff. Even more fun, she goes beyond garb into arts and sciences.
Konstantia Kaloethina is a Herald in the SCA, and makes jewelry. Really pretty jewelry that she generously describes and shares about on this blog.
Both of the above blogs are my favorite garb and etc. Blogs for Byzantine. I read them as soon as they post! You can also find both these ladies on Facebook where they share a page they call BYZANTEAM. I prefer the page BYZANTINE ARMY because the scholars there are amazing at sharing references (academic papers) I would never find on my own, which I print out to read later, and am filling notebooks with, so I don’t lose them. They also are wonderful at locating the artwork and images for everything imaginable. I get more general clothing information from BYZANTINE ARMY, than I do from Byzanteam.
I think I have shared these two blogs before on my blog. But I wanted to put them in the same post.
A Third website I like is better for male garb than female, is LEVANTIA. This web site is general, and not as deep as I would like. His books are better than his web site. Still, he has interesting ideas, and strongly held opinions based on years of re-creating the culture for demonstrations and SCA. His is one of those blogs that fits my short list of those I send people.
Lastly, there is this blog: 10th Century Byzantine. I write here. I need to write more, to have greater discipline and to spend more time sharing my findings so others can benefit. But I like my blog, and its focus. Someday I hope people will recommend mine with the same zeal I recommend the two blogs above–but I am not there yet. 🙂
These are where I start. Have fun!