Reconstructing Alan Woman

On the Early Medieval reenactment artefacts from Moshchevaya Balka (MB) is a common refereence point. For nomadic culture impression, many reenactors use the numerous clothings what preserved in this famous archeological site.


In this article we would like to present an outstanding work among the MB reconstructions: Alya Burzueva’s gear from Russia.

Because of the lack of organic material artefacts, it is an extraordinary case in the world of living history that one can use everything from one specific site for a complete gear reconstruction . But Alya managed to complete this goal.

There are more than one examples from MB for the tight leggings and shoes for this pattern.

The shirt could be an unusal shaped loose pattern, but again we have several examples for such from MB and from Late Antiquity period as well.

For the silk decoration of the shirt Alya used the Yellow Geomethrical Moshchevaya Balka silk.

The use of the reverse side of the silks is also a good option what has historical base as well.

Suspension of objects and necklance to cloth as it preserved in MB.

The basic headdress is a nice and unique piece form MB.

On top of that there is an overcoat from linen, decorated with Red Double-axe patterned silk, with fur lining. Such as the original.

Fur lining was frequent among the nomads. From MB we have severeal examples of this. Such as the senmurv silk kaftan, what was lined with squirrel fur.

The sewing of the project was done by Alya Burzeva and Mikhail Starikov from Old Craft weaving workshop. Photos made by Katerina Katonik.

Other sources for pictures:

Foedus Orientalis Corpus
Ierusalimskaja, A. A.: Moshtcevaya Balka, An unusual archeological site at the North Caucasus Silk Road. St. Petersburg 2012.
Metropolitan Museum of Art