|Dragoslava's Kievian Rus Hat Documentation|
(Kataryna's Note: Kievian Rus in this documentation means the location not necessarily the time period of the same name)
Rus Hat Documentation
This hat is from Kievian Rus – in the area of present day Ukraine, and is seen in period paintings
from 1122 (Mosaic Portrait of Alexius Comnenus from 1122 – Byzantine
(Art of The Byzantine Era, pg 120), Emperor John II Comnenus in Sancta
Sophia ~1118 (Art of The Byzantine Era, pg 120) ). 1259 Wall painting at
Boyana of the donar near Sophia; the hat is on Queen Dessislava, painting
inscriptions are in Slavic script (Art of The Byzantine Era, pg 189).
Also, the Head of King Uros in Church or the Trinity at Sopocani ~ 1265
(Art of The Byzantine Era, pg 201). For a hat with a fur trim there is a
painting of Saint Jacob of Persia at Staro Nagoricino which has fur
trimmed and is from ~1317 (Art of The Byzantine Era, pg 204).
half of the 13th century, Slavic manuscripts with painting of
Boris and Gleb
(The Painting of the Great Novgorod, pg 277, 278, 279)
1377 in the museum of Novgorod painting Boris and Gleb on Horses
(The Painting of the Great Novgorod, pg 329, 330, 331)
SS Boris and Gleb on Horseback
Women these hats are seen in pictures of the Daughters of Yaroslav the
are two pictures one from 1651 manuscript that details a wall painting
that was later painted over (See the picture in the Russian Historical
Costume, pg 44, 45) and the second from a restoration of the original 11th
century painting found on Wikipedia.
resolution (836 × 590 pixel, file size: 53 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Daughters of Yaroslav
Daughters of Yaroslav
These hats would have been worn by the general populous; for warmth in colder climates, but the hats of wealthy would have been more elaborately decorated.
The raw materials that would have been used to make the hat would be wool, and brocades or velvet for the rich. They would have decorated with fresh water pearls, glass beads, gold thread and cord, and elaborate embroidery. (History of Ukrainian Costume, pages 16 to 18)
To make this hat synthetic brocade was used. Glass pearls, fake gold cord, and real mink fur was used for the decoration. It was interlined with heavy canvas to help the hat hold its shape and lined with synthetic “silk”. The reason for these choices was finances and availability.
Next time I would use the correct materials to make the hat.
David Talbot, “Art of The Byzantine Era”, Frederick A. Praeger Inc.
Publishers, 3rd printing 1966.
Engelina Sergeevna, “Zhivopis’ Velikogo Novgoroda (The Painting
of the Great Novgorod
13 to 15th century)”, 1976.
Nadezhda V. “Russkii Istoricheskii Kostium (Russian Historical
Tkach, Yuri ? “History of Ukrainian Costume (from
Scythian to late 17th century)” Bayda Books, 1986.