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mariaPatrikia Maria Agrissa Sgourina

Major Fields: Early Period Clothing and Textiles (before 1000 CE), esp. Sassanid, Byzantine, Coptic and Late Roman; the archaeological digs at Antinoe, Egypt; bardic arts; research and documentation techniques

Other Areas of Interest: Late Period Embroidery, the Bayeux Tapestry, Weaving (tapestry and tablet), Dyeing, Spanish costume circe 1500 CE, Old Irish poetry, the textile finds at Herjolfnes (Greenland), Viking culture/textiles/clothing

Teaching: Please feel free to contact her if you would like her to teach any of the following classes:


  • Decorating Early Period Garb
  • The Art of Research
  • Documentation for Competition
  • Riding Coats before 1000 EC
  • Debunking Byzantine Garb Myths
  • Early Byzantine Clothing for Women
  • Early Byzantine Clothing for Men
  • The Byzantine Collar
  • Reconstructing Early Period Extant Garments
  • History of Early Irish Bards
  • The Influence of Sassanid Military Uniform on Early Byzantine Court Culture
  • Sassanian Riding Costume in the 7th Century
  • Early Period Garb Hand-Sewing Techniques


Current Group: Greater AEthelmearc

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