Varjobbagy

Various varjobbagy pics, with an "arming caftan," felt hat, and fokos.
(Fokos is long, but light, and can be used with equal fluency either single-handed or with both hands.)

The equipment is appropriate for a "varjobbagy" or other warrior of free to semi-free status attached to a castle (homines castri) in the 11-12th centuries. In the early 13th c., they are pressed down into peasanthood and denied the ability to take part in military service. This is pretty much the low end, the sort of gear that would have been worn by the kind of guy whose job is to guard a bridge, and who gets biscuits, wine, and the salt-dried better half of a pig sent to him every month by his lord.

There's a ton that should be done to improve the whole kit, starting with swapping out the obviously modern pants I happened to leave on. Also, the caftan, while stout (there's nearly an inch of felt covering up the sternum!), is already stained, due to an unfortunate brush with rust. The spiffy hat has its back-brim turned down, because it's cold!

What's right about the thick caftan, is that the edges were whipped, rather than being sealed down in leather or cloth… it's handmade Karakul wool, correct for much of Eastern Europe (though Racka, which is nearly extinct and therefore next to impossible to obtain, would be better): this method was a ridiculous amount of extra effort — for something that looks worse than doing it the easy way. But in an era when labor was basically free, and materials were expensive, the poor man who had nothing else but wool would have made felt and yarn, and not worried about whether he could afford to waste expensive cloth or leather. Similarly, it's not buttoned yet, though a pair of wool frogs are tbd, and will probably be completed by the time you're reading this.

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