December 3, 2010

Séo Englisce Mægþ

Posted in BJD Sightings tagged , , , , at 12:01 am by E.V. Svetova

Behold the English girl, young Ælfled of the House of Fairfax. The outfit is my take on the traditional Anglo-Saxon woman’s garment of the Dark Ages. The undergarment is a linen tunic, the outer dress is a peplos dress held at the shoulders by two matching fibulae. It’s belted by a woven ribbon (Dark Ages women are not known to wear leather belts). She carries a belt pouch and the ubiquitous seax knife (hers has an antler handle!), without which no free person would leave the house. She is the only daughter of a rich household, so her jewelry is particularly fancy: inlaid fibulae and a glass and bone bead necklace. Although uncommon for an unmarried Angle girl, her head is covered with a mantel held by a maiden’s fillet.

The English Girl


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