Name of piece and what layer it represents:
This is a bag and it represents the accessory layer.
Period and origin of time:
The period of origin I am using is the 1300’s my persona is of Austrian decent so I am using Austria as the place.
What material was used in period:
The material that was used in period was wool, leather, and silk.
Material I used:
The material that I used was wool and cotton string.
How I assembled the pieces:
I cut a long rectangle piece of wool and hand sewed the sides together. I set up my inkle loom to weave a long stripe to decorate the sides of the bag and to hide the sewing line. This decoration I hand sewed down. Then I braded some strings together to make the handle to attach the bag to a belt.
What I did and the difference between:
I used cotton string to make the inkle weave and the braded strap.
Pockets as we know them today were not in use in the 14th century. People needed something else to carry their every-day items like money. The purse, which came in many shapes and sizes, was a common for both men and women. In the 1400’s bags became status symbols, people would decorate their bags with jewels or embroidery to show their wealth. Some were also associated with marriage and betrothal. These bags often depicted embroidered love stories. “Purses, known as “chaneries,” were also used for gaming or for holding food for falcons. Ecclesiastical purses were highly significant and were used to hold relics or corporals (line cloth used in mass).”(Bass 1970) Art of the 14th century has many pictures of people wearing bags or purses hanging from their belts. Women seemed to like the small rectangle drawstring, where as the men are depicted as using these small bags and also larger more useful bags.
What I learned:
I couldn’t find any references to what kind of weaving was used to decorated the bag so I just used inkle which was used in the 13oo’s