Friday, September 28, 2012

And Another Doodle


This is for Gina, who is very complimentary about my sketches, and also for Bella, who is tired of my post on the Battle of the Bridge of Stirling - a wee 18th century Highland Jacobite, complete with a white rose, to show where her allegiance lies:


Highlanders of this period wore the tartan as part of their regular clothing. Men generally wore a feile mor, or great plaid, which was the precursor of the modern kilt. A feile mor would be pleated, (or kilted to use the old word) and belted at the waist, with a long bit leftover, which could be used for a cloak, but which was generally pinned at the shoulder to keep it out of the way. Women did not wear a feile mor. Nor did they wear those dresses consisting of a lace-up bodice, and a full plaid skirt, which one often finds for sale in Renaissance clothing catalogues. No, what Highland women had was an arisaid, a great cloak of tartan material, worn over their dresses, often pinned at the neck, and belted at the waist, much as this young lady is wearing hers. Unmarried ladies also generally wore a little band of ribbons in their hair, and if you look closely, you can see that I put that in as well... Yes, I am aware of the technical flaws in the sketch, but I am still rather pleased with how it turned out.

7 comments:

Amy said...

I can't wait till you write her story! Seriously. :) I totally love you posting your sketches. They are always fun to look at!

Anonymous said...

Mahri! You are the salt of the earth. And your doodle is absolutely fantastic! I LOVE IT. you should draw more. :) Thank you so much for posting. It is a fresh change after WEEKS of william wallace. Wallace was cool but....

Anonymous said...

Your drawing is AMAZING!!! I must admit that I was rather touched that you drew her for ME!!! grin grin!! Thank you thank you! Soooooo..... When are you going to write a story about her??:-)
Gina

Jack said...

Very lovely sketch! And I enjoyed the information on the kilts and the woman's dresses, I must learn their proper names.

Oh...I read a comment...You like Wallace?! I need to go take a look around your blog, a better look.

Allons-y! And thank you for the follow 8-)

Mahri said...

Hi Jack. You have a very enjoyable blog. I look forward to reading Lisbeth's Choice. And thanks to you for following my blog as well.

Yes. I love William Wallace. He is one of my heroes. I read a biography about him back when I was in high school, and cried buckets over his capture and death. I was convinced that, had I been there, things would have ended differently.

Katrina DeLallo said...

Aha! A sketch!I is so excited to see it. Are you going to do more? MORE? MORE?!?!

Pwease?

Mahri said...

Hi Kat! I'm glad you like it. I mean to do more. I hope to do more. But I shall have to wait until the Moose strikes again.
:-)