Esperanza de Cordoba – A Dancing Dress: Saya con Mangas Perdidas – Dress with Lost Sleeves

Name: Esperanza de Cordoba
Wiki: https://wiki.eastkingdom.org/wiki/Esperanza_de_Cordoba

I found some pictures of the ceiling in the Cathedral Santa María de Mediavilla in Teruel, Spain. The ceiling is filled with painted pictures, which after much study by various scholars has been dated to approximately 1295 to 1302. I came across a dress that appears sleeveless and has tails at the shoulders, described as a dancer’s dress because the tails swish with the dancer. I found it was called a Saya con Mangas Perdidas – Dress with lost sleeves. I decided I needed to recreate this dress.

It was my hope that I would be able to construct the dress more accurately to the period, but also use less fabric – or at least use it more economically. I made the dress from a beautiful length of red wool I had purchased some months prior. I actually ended up with my least amount of scraps ever after cutting this saya encordada. I believe I saved enough fabric this time that I can make a second dress! I’m proud of that.


Documentation: https://theladyesperanza.wordpress.com/2024/05/10/saya-con-mangas-perdidas/

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  1. Marvelous! I love it when people find unique or unusual things and bring them out of the book/painting/sculpture into reality.

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