Snorkel Site Review – Clovelly Beach, Clovelly

Snorkel Site Review – Clovelly Beach, Clovelly

Entry

Entry is either via the steps on both sides of the bay, or via the beach at the end of the bay. In either case, the entry is relatively easy throughout most of the year, due to the protecting sea rock walls at the mouth of the bay which dissipate most of the wave energy coming into the bay. Continue reading “Snorkel Site Review – Clovelly Beach, Clovelly”

Experiments in Slit & Pull Straps

Experiments in Slit & Pull Straps

I’m looking at making a new pair of sandals to replace my current ones that I use for reenactment stuff. One of the issues I’ve had is the thin leather strapping I used on the 1st ones tends to dig in to the foot as they get tighter. So it was really interesting to find a technique for doubling up the strapping thickness in Veldmeijer (1). Continue reading “Experiments in Slit & Pull Straps”

An Overview of Men’s Abbasid (9th-10th Century) Persian Clothing

An Overview of Men’s Abbasid (9th-10th Century) Persian Clothing

Introduction

The Abbasid Caliphate period in Islamic history saw the cultural focus shift from the Arabian Peninsular to Persia, and the rise of the Persian Secretarial class as the fashion trend setters and arbiters of fine taste within the Islamic world. The secretarial class, or Kātib as they were called, were able to draw their preferred fashion from across the Islamic world, and were highly influenced by the older Persian Court dress elements. (Stillman p41)

The Abbassid Caliphate ruled the Muslim East, and North Africa from 750 AD, and claimed universal authority, ruling from the capital of Baghdad in Persia. North Africa was lost to the Fatamids in 969 AD, they lost effective power to the Seljuq and subsequent Turkish Sultanates in 1055 AD and the Abbasid Caliphate eventually fell to the invading Mongols in 1258 AD.(Hourani pp 84-85 & Brett et al p124) Continue reading “An Overview of Men’s Abbasid (9th-10th Century) Persian Clothing”