Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Scythian History Co-op. Week 2: Clothing

Week 2: We made Scythian hats.

The Scythians lived on the plains of Asia. The cold wintery weather influenced Scythian clothing. They typically wore warm woolen, hemp or flax clothing which included hats and boots. Fibers were spun on drop spindles typically made of bone. Flat decorative strips of cloth made by card weaving often adorned the edges of their clothing. In addition, images of animals often drawn in a curved body position commonly appeared on articles of clothing. Their hats were pointy and looked similar to Smurf hats. Incidentally, pointy hats made from felt are still worn in the region of the world where the Scythians lived.

Our Scythian hats were constructed from felt, and sewn together with needle and thread.

Scythian hats were pointy on top with ear flaps and a long flap in the back. A Scythian hat pattern was created by tracing around a winter hat with ear-flaps and altering the rounded top portion into a point. This resulted in three templates; a front, back and sides.  The front portion was triangular, while the sides and back looked triangular on top with long flaps. Here is another method for making a Scythian Hat.

 
 The children hand-stitched the four pieces together with four seams to complete their hats.




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7 comments:

  1. Those are too cute! Look easy to make, I may have to try that!

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  2. What a great idea and project--thank you for joining the linky!

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  3. Looks like a very successful project! Learning about history in a hands-on kind of way is the best!!
    Thanks for linking with "Look What We Did!"

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  4. Love that they are learning to sew, how fun!

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  5. Wow, looks like lots of fun! and the hats are great!

    Thanks for linking to Science Sparks xx

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  6. Great way to incorporate so many skills into one learning activity! thanks for linking to tip toe thru tuesday!
    xoxo
    Kim

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  7. Looks like lots of fun and great to learn about history in depth.

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

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