My name is Katarzyna Boroń, I have been sewing since 2003. In connection with this activity, I opened Artifex Tailor, a company that reconstructs historical costumes and creates fantasy costumes. My specialization is the Middle Ages, but for some time I have also found myself in the 17th century. I come from Byczyna, a beautiful, picturesque town surrounded by full city walls from the 14th century. However, a few years ago I moved to a quiet place nearby and created my studio in a house near the forest. Inspired by nature, I implement my projects with even greater commitment. Sewing historical costumes is my great passion, which is why I devote all my heart to it. I try to make every detail finished with the highest accuracy. For my work I use only natural fabrics of the best quality, such as wool, linen or silk. When reconstructing costumes, I rely on books, paintings, miniatures, engravings and scientific studies. Each reconstruction is supported by a specific source. I work with reenactors from all over the world. From Australia, through France, Germany, Poland to the United States. Privately, I deal with the reconstruction of the 14th and 17th centuries
Women's open hood, second half 15th century
The first reconstruction I would like to present is an open hood from the second half of the 15th century. I made it from beautiful Wool Thin Twill in khaki color. Open hoods dated to the second half of the 15th century were characterized by several details:
- the lapels on the front of the hood were quite spacious and spread out to the sides, thanks to which the hood was arranged very nicely;
- a relatively small part covering the nape;
- so-called tail the liripipe was very long, wide, flat, and cut straight at the end.
These characteristic features help distinguish the hoods from this period, because earlier and later versions of it were slightly different.
Source I used: Horae ad usum Parisiensem, dites Heures de Charles d’Angoulême XVe siècle (vers 1480-1496)
Men's giornea, second half 15th century
The second reconstruction I would like to present is giornea, also from the second half of the 15th century. I made it from Wool Thin Twill in burgundy color.
Giornea is a type of bedspread, especially fashionable in the second half of the 15th century in Italy. While women wore long versions (up to the ankles), often cut not only on the sides, but also in the front, men preferred shorter versions – to the hips or half of the thigh. Giornea was only secured with a belt.
Source I used: Giornea from Convent of Saint Francesco a Folloni 1481.
If you are looking for a tailor who does his job with passion, for whom every detail is important, with which you would like to create the outfit of your dreams, I invite you to me. I will do everything in my power to make this dream come true 😉