Oh the Persian life….!

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(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)

My Persian mystery….

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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?

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I need hats!

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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….