SCAIowa Garb Guide

SCAIowa Garb Guide

Examples of Historic Clothing used by SCA members from across Iowa, the Kingdom of Calontir and from Around the World

Introduction to the SCAIowa Garb Guide


Welcome to the SCAIowa Garb Guide.

The Garb Guide was started in 2012 as a resource to help new members in the Society for Creative and Anachronism across Iowa and beyond. It was intended to be a resource filled with different examples of historic clothing utilized by members of the SCA as they participate in our hobby of learning about and exploring history.

Newer members of the SCA often need assistance finding their path to the historic clothing that they wanted to use while participating. In some cases this assistance took the form of navigating unfamiliar vocabulary. In other cases it was discovering different cultures or navigating the confusing timelines of history. Or even simply needing some inspiration to discover a project to work on.

We have three main types of entries that you can find in the garb guide.

Components- Specific parts of an ensemble for individual items of clothing or accessories.

Standard Entry- A simple snapshot of an outfit from a specific culture, time period or place

Advanced Entry- Showing all of the different layers and some of the accessories that go along with creating a completed look.

All of these examples are projects that members of the Society for Creative Anachronism from across Iowa and from around the world have made and wear as they participate at events.

For each entry we try to provide you with the relative time frame that this clothing was from, the culture or region that it is commonly associated with, A measure of relative difficulty to help newer members gauge the challenge posed by different projects, and a measure of how confident we are that a particular entry represents a true example of something worn by someone in the past.

Included in on this website are blog posts consisting of useful information hints and suggestions related to constructing your own wardrobe for historic recreation as well as fostering a positive experience to maximize the fun that you find while participating in the SCA

The SCA Iowa garb guide was never intended to be a complete resource of all information about specific items of historic clothing, but more a signpost to help direct you down the path that you would like to travel. We rely on the information provided to us by the members who have submitted entries. There may be errors or omissions of information about various components, so as with everything on the internet it is important that you do your own research even after we have inspired you to dig deeper on a topic. We do strive to correct errors to the best of our abilities when we can.

From all of us at the SCA Iowa team we hope that you find this resource useful to you and that we will see you soon at an SCA event following your path to Historic Adventure.

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Recent Entries


900 CE Jorvic York Hangeroc Ensemble 2

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Male Japanese Kasode, Hakima and Eboshi 1

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1300 CE Female Russian Opasten Coat

Title: 1300 CE Female Russian Opasten Coat Entry #: GGB2021.044 Alternate Names:   Year: 1300 Time range: Era: High medieval Gender: Female region: Eastern europe Countries/cultures: Russia Maker: Sofia la Rus Difficulty: 3 Confidence: Not Provided Intro: Description: Inspiration Images Common Materials Fabrics: Ornamentation: Effective Substitutions Fabrics: Ornamentation: Ensemble Components Accessories Source/Links Version: 2 date:

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