Monthly Archives: December 2011

Magyar Clothing

December 25, 2011

This web site is primarily concerned with the clothing and culture of the ancient Hungarians prior to the year 1000. When I began this research several years ago, I don’t think I really understood at the time how difficult and frustrating it would prove to be. Several factors hamper the amateur scholar. Soil conditions in the Carpathian Basin and in the ancestral lands of Levedia and Etelköz, are not conducive to preserving textiles in the…

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Mount-Ornamented Headdress

December 25, 2011
Mount-Ornamented Headdress

The purpose of this article is not to provide step-by-step instructions, rather, it is to document for you the process I used in prototyping a Magyar headdress of the Conquest Era. You may have a better and more authentic way to construct one. In that case, I really do hope that you’ll share. The completed project – a prototype headdress. This project came about because of my frustration with keeping a veil on my head. My…

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Bead Row Pendant Earrings

December 24, 2011
Bead Row Pendant Earrings

These early 10th century Magyar earrings can be made quickly and easily using commercially available findings or you can fashion your own findings from raw materials. Supplies you’ll need: 8 – 5mm silver beads 2 ft – 20 gauge brass wire -or- 8 gold-colored coiled wire beads 2 hoop earwires 2 – 3 inch headpins For a more period approach, skip the earwires and headpins. Instead purchase: 1 ft – 20 gauge silver wire gold leaf (optional) gold…

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A new door for the jurta

December 24, 2011
A new door for the jurta

Edited to add:  The door described in this post is now mounted on the wall of my sewing room.  After eight years, we built a new, new door in 2012. Tourney season is coming up and I really need to stop procrastinating. You see, in September of 2001, as we were coming back from a crown event, my jurta door, which was bungied to the roof rack of my SUV, came loose and went flying.…

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My jurta

December 24, 2011
My jurta

This article was written around 2003.  I’ve had my jurta for 13 years now.  I’ve replaced the door a couple of times, the roof ring once and last year we redid the leather ties that bind the wall together for the first time. For a look at how my  jurta looks now, go here. Being inside a yurt for the first time was a life altering experience for me. Previously, my husband and I had…

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