My name is Elisande Walters form the shire of Drei Eichen in the fair Kingdom of Drachenwald. Anya was kind enough to let me use her computer today, so I am posting from that IP adress. I have been sewing for a long time but only recently started to do more than just a few stitches by hand. I am as new to handsewing as I am experienced in using all kinds of machine (I even used a hand driven one for a while at my grandma's).I have never ever sewn a complete piece by hand.
I will participate in this challenge by sewing myself a pair of socks. Well, not really socks, but actual short hosen as we think women wore bac then. The picture shows a pair of silk red hosen, which I will try to duplicate as well as my skill allows me.
The picture is a photograph depicting an exhibit at the Palacio real de Madrid. The picture is taken out of the catalog:
"Hose of Rodrigo Ximenez de Rada, 1247 AD, red silk. Source: Vestiduras Ricas: El Monasterio de las Huelgas Y Su Epoca 1170-1340. Exhibition at the Palacio Real de Madrid, June 2005. Patrimonio Nacional."
The hosen were apparently in the possession of on *Rodrigo Ximenez*. A man. I am not sugesting he was a cross dresser but there is no evidence suggesting that women's hosen were cut any differently and I will keep looking for *women's* underwear. I liked that these were not just a *depiction but a photograph of the real thing.