(Image courtesy of the Harvard Art Museum webpage.)
This has always been one of my favorite Safavid Persian miniatures…just for the sheer amount of interesting things to observe. Each time I look at it, I always seem to find something new.
(OH! And it’s been pointed out that Waldo is in the lower right-hand corner, too! LOL)
I love her cookbook…and now here‘s her website!!!
Above is a woodcut of 17th-century Safavid Persian clothing, based on the description provided by Sir John Chardin in his travelogue.
The gentleman on the right is wearing a very lovely short outer-vest. This vest is not found in any of the 16th-century Persian miniatures that I’ve seen. Yet Willem Floor has a description of this garment in his book on the Persian Textile Industry.
So my mystery is: at what point did this garment come into existence in the Safavid Persian empire? How did we get from ankle- or knee-length outer garments with hanging sleeves to a waist-length outer garment without sleeves in less than 100 years?
A friend posted this image to my Facebook post about “needing more SCA hats”. This particular image reminds me that I need more garb…period!!!
Quickly looking at this, I’m not sure if this is Safavid Persian or Mughal Indian (the trouble of looking at images on a smartphone). And I’m not sure of this is late 16th-century or if it’s 17th-century clothing I’m looking at. I always seem to have a hard time deciphering the time period of line drawings for some reason….